They told me they were fining me for riding my bike illegally. People who visit Amsterdam often discuss the dangers people face while attempting to walk on the bike-filled streets. I think this is a bit exaggerated, especially by Americans who are unfazed by masses of cars and not used to seeing so many people … Read more
Yesterday I wrote about Amsterdam’s effort to replace on-street car parking spots with urban greenery and bike parking, an initiative partly meant to create more public spaces in the city for people to enjoy. And as I pointed out in that story, residents of Amsterdam’s city center are not necessarily wanting for urban parks as … Read more
My recent trip to the Netherlands was funded in part by Bikes Belong’s Green Lane Project. You can read more stories from the trip here. Jodenbreestraat in Amsterdam is a shopping street that bustles with activity.
If your city’s bike riders look like this, you’re doing something right.(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland) Like I mentioned in my last post, I had a few “free” days in Amsterdam after my time in Copenhagen and before the official study tour began today (more on that later). Since I’ll be back in Amsterdam to do … Read more
Pete Jordan, a former Portland resident who lived in Amsterdam for the past eleven years, has written a book about the experience. In the City of Bikes: The Story of the Amsterdam Cyclist (Harper Perennial 2013) came out a few days ago and Jordan is back in Portland tonight for a reading. Here’s more about … Read more
On average, Amsterdam residents use bikes more than cars.(Photo: Tom Miller) Industry news publication Bike Europe reports today that, in Amsterdam, people use their bicycles more per day on average than their cars: “The bicycle is the means of transport used most often in Amsterdam. Between 2005 and 2007 people in the city used their … Read more