It is almost unbelievable to think that in the early 1970′s Amsterdam was a city dominated by cars! This video by Bicycle Dutch looks at the events – political and civil society actions and the forward thinking policies that have transformed Amsterdam (and the Netherlands for that matter) into one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world. Today over 60% of trips are made by bike in the inner city!
For a more in depth look at the politicians, organizations and campaigners who transformed the Netherlands into a bicycle -friendly nation, read this article by the London Cyclist Magazine.
“Road safety and mass cycling protests continued throughout the 1970s, given impetus by the energy crises, which put more pressure on the national government to improve facilities for sustainable transport. Regular car-free Sundays, a response to the oil shocks, reminded citizens of the pleasures to be had from city streets devoid of motor traffic”. LCC
BICYCLE ANECDOTES FROM AMSTERDAM
Ever wondered what it would be like to live and ride in Amsterdam. This short film by Streetfilms, offers a fascinating cross-section of commentary on life in the City of Bikes.
Take on the challenge and reap the rewards on Cape Town’s scenic, long distance cycle route. Trans-versing some of the most spectacular mountain and coastal landscapes in the Cape, with some serious climbs and freewheeling descents, the Cycle Tour 364 should be on any cyclist’s must do list!
Cape Town becomes South Africa’s first city to join BYCS’s global Bicycle Mayor Program with the appointment of passionate cycling advocate, educator and commuter cyclist Lebogang Mokwena.
This month’s Bike Friendly Business recognition goes to one of Cape Town’s premiere shopping malls and lifestyle destinations – The Point.