Happy Carnival to all you cyclists out there! xoxo Superwoman
Andy knows what it is to follow your heart. She used to be an investment banker for one of the Netherlands’ biggest banks, but she stopped that promising career to follow her heart and she became a musician. Andy is a happy, positive, 30 year old Dutch singer songwriter. She sings about love, love in relationships but also love for a city. And Andy… she is in love with Amsterdam.
Andy loves Amsterdam
Nine years ago Andy moved to Amsterdam and she fell in love with the city. “Amsterdam is beautiful, the atmosphere is good and there are so many different people. The fact that there are more bikes than people makes the city even cooler. Everyone cycles! Cycling makes people more social then when everyone sits in their own car. I also love the trams in the city. Sometimes I just hop into a tram and let it take me to its final destination. In those 9 years I got to know all the tram routes!”
‘City love’ is the name of the record Andy is working on. She is in the middle of a crowdfunding campaign to finance it. With as little as 10 euros people can fund it: “Crowdfunding the money to release my second record is a logical choice for me. Music is social. It is my way to communicate. I make music for people. To move them, to inspire them, or to make them happy. So if I make music for ‘the crowd’ why not involve them in the process of producing my record?” The campaign is going well. In only two weeks Andy funded nearly 60% of her project. The record ‘City love’ is about Andy’s love for Amsterdam and about love between people. “Love is nice, it is horrible, it is disastrous… sometimes love makes you act like a complete idiot. That is what makes love fascinating.”
Andy is not only in love with her city, but also with her bike. She bought her racing bike 6 years ago on Marktplaats (the Dutch eBay). “I bought it because I wanted to see if I liked to go racing. But the bike wasn’t good enough for long cycles so I kept it as a city bike. I have many bikes that got stolen in Amsterdam so I am very careful with this one. I used to carry it up three stairs to my apartment, so that I didn’t have to leave it on the street. Luckily I now have a shared garden with a little storage box where I can put it.”
Look at Andy: No side wheels!
Andy has one very clear memory of when she was 4 and learned to cycle. “It was the last day I would cycle with side wheels. I knew that this would be a ‘Kodak’ moment, so that morning I put on my best dress and cycled with a big smile, and my cute little pink basket to my father taking the picture.”
Like most Dutch Andy doesn’t have a ‘cycling’ style, she just cycles with what she is wearing that day. Almost always Andy wears All Stars: “I wear All Stars since I was 9 years old and they really became part of my identity. I wouldn’t go on stage without my All Stars. People would just be so surprised to see me wearing something else.” We also loved Andy’s ring: “That ring used to be my grandma’s. That makes it extra special. My grandma was a tiny lady. She was always very sweet, friendly and quiet. But she was a tough cookie: she had 9 kids and a bakery and her husband passed away quite young. So she worked incredibly hard! Also she was a talented violin player. When I look at the ring I think about the hard work she did and that she didn’t have a chance to make music her life. I then feel so lucky that I do have the chance. That is why I decided to go for it. To follow my heart…”
- Want to help Andy to make her dream come true? Fund her crowdfunding campaign!
- Andy is planning a world tour. Do you know a nice venue where she could play? Email her! firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos: Aude; Text: Joni
The best way of taking a Peugeot out to the grocery store!
Cycling to the park with your father, cool! Even more so, cause you can bring your new toy too. A model plane! The fastest in it’s sort, you know..
.. At least, way faster than your own bike!
Daddy enjoys as well, following son and model plane on one and a half bike.
Thank you Wimpie for sending us this reportage!
Our friends from Cycling with… have made yet another cool video in Amsterdam. This time they want for a cycle with art hirstorian Max Put. In the video you see beautiful examples of the famous ‘Amsterdam School‘ architecture. Max tells you all about this group of young architects and how they wanted to challenge the status quo of more traditional architecture with their new vision on the combination of functionality and style. They wanted to make ‘architecture art again’.
So watch this video! It really makes you feel like you’re on a bike in Amsterdam, while learning a lot about this interesting and revolutionary architecture.
Cycling with… is a blog that focuses on the social side of cycling. Paddy and Philip interview people while cycling around in their city. In the interviews a broad range of topics is covered. Want to know more and see what kind of cool filming technique they use? Check out their cycling blog!
In this case, the title really says it all.. Thanks Corentin, for this cool pic. Well spotted !
The ‘Fietsersbond’ is the Dutch cyclist organisation. Yes, even in a country where bikes rule the streets, you need an organisation that makes sure that cycling is safe for everyone and stays the preferred mode of transport. Because, imagine what would happen if the Dutch would stop cycling and all get into a car or use public transport… that would mean the whole historic city of Amsterdam, with its narrow streets and bridges, would turn into one big traffic jam!
That is why I am a proud member of the Fietserbond and I think all cycling Amsterdammers should be.
The Fietsersbond does a lot of things like:
- They lobby for safer cycling conditions; like sharing bike lanes with scooters, lighten up cycling lanes that are too dark at night and change unsafe cycling paths or junctions
- They started a bike school, for young people, elderly or immigrants who want to learn how to cycle
- On their website you can post your cycling problems; dangerous junctions, potholes, a lack of bike parking space etc.
- They have a very user friendly route planner for cycling routes in the Netherlands
In Amsterdam the lobby against sharing the bike lanes with scooters has been very strong, I think that all Amsterdammers on bikes agree that it doesn’t feel safe to share the lane with the much faster riding scooters. Other important issues that the Fietsersbond lobbies for are bike parking spaces and seperated cycling lanes.
I also enjoy being a member of the Fietsersbond because of their cool magazine ‘Vogelvrije fietser’ (free-as-a-bird cyclist) and the interesting facts on their website.
Did you for example know that in the Netherlands:
- 50% of the people go by bike tot heir school or university?
- 25% of the people cycle to work
- there are 18 million bicycles (The Netherlands has got ca. 13,5 million inhabitants older than 4 and they own in average 1,3 bike per person)
- most people cycle between 15 and 18 kilomteres per hour (most people don’t see cycling as a sport, but just as a faster version of walking)
- it rains quite a bit, 6,5% of the time it is raining, but that doesn’t keep us from cycling
Are you a Dutchie? Do you like cycling? For only 2,17 euro a month you can be a member of this cool organisation!
Visit the website of the fietsersbond
Admitted, I am a native French speaker so if you translate the title of today’s post literally, it means: Chicken Daddy. Just like a Chicken Mummy would do with her little ones, this French expression hints at a daddy that is very protective with his kid(s). Very much like this father who seems to be also quite involved in the education/protection of his progeniture.. Vive les ‘papa poule’!
Happy 2014 to all of you, guys! In the Netherlands, a new year only properly kicks off with the New Year’s dive. This sportive tradition is the ideal way to accomplish (for one day..) New Year’s resolution #1: losing weight! For those not able to make it to the North Sea, Amsterdam has it’s own alternative: the Lightbattle.
On the most beautiful bike lane in Amsterdam, right below the Rijksmuseum, the young design collective VENIVIDIMULTIPLEX created the Lightbattle-installation for the Amsterdam Light Festival. Jump on one of these ten fancy VANMOOF’s and cycle together with friends or complete strangers. Try to get as many lights illuminated as possible.
Go have a look, you can find the Lightbattle right below the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, and it will be there until January 19th 2014. This saddle is waiting for you…
Mister Cycle Chic, a.k.a. Mikael Colville-Andersen, visits our beloved city quite regularly. Last month he was here with his kids and also they noticed how many similarities Amsterdam and Copenhagen have. So probably seeing Amsterdam through Copenhagen eyes isn’t much different to how we see it ourselves.
In the coming months we will posts some pictures of Mikael Colville-Andersen of Amsterdam cyclists. Today, some family cycling pictures:
Can’t start young enough, right? These young children are hard to keep up with. Did you know a run bicycle like these supports the development of a child’s balance, motor skills and self-confidence?
This post is by our guestblogger Nienke Laan. Nienke is an Amsterdam based photographer. She also works as a researcher at the Amsterdam City Council. Doing research about many topics, and one of them… cycling of course!
So it’s almost Christmas. Everyone is already talking about it although temperatures are not at the usual X-mas low. Admitted, the weather is even still quite enjoyable but I would not lay down on the grass of the Museumplein like these 2 do next to their bikes. So I wonder:
or they are listening to a classical concert performed in the Concertgebouw right in front,
or they are trying to get a cold not to go to work,
or they are in love!
So.. it’s already so far: we are 2 years old! Thanks all for following and supporting us.. Here are some of our most popular posts of this second year:
Happy Friday! by Else
One of our great cyclist of the month, by Meredith
Back to the 80′s taken by David, and spotted by Aude
It’s a match by Meredith
Two people one bike by joni
Suits on bike by Meredith
And to end up, our musical post: summer in the city by Aude..
Vrankrijk is the historical squat of Amsterdam, situated in the heart of the city. Founded in the late 80′s, it was a place for live music, dance parties but also a political home for people who were looking for orientation off the mainstream.
Now, after being closed for several years, the Vrankrijk has been re-discovered by a new generation: a mix of squatters and hipsters so don’t be scared of the snake, you are invited too!
Hi Amsterdam Cycle Chic team,
I never had a driving license and I have never missed it because my bike brings me everywhere! Cycling is freedom.What is nicer than discovering the city by bike? I cycle a Bub by Batavus now but years ago I had a real old omafiets, and… a very sweet Jack Russell puppy. Maybe a nice picture for your blog?
We love it to receive an email like this. People sharing their bicycle stories with us. In that way we get to know our readers a bit. So thanks for sharing Louise!
After seeing Louise’s picture I went through our own photos and selected a few dogs in baskets (or crates) for you, something you see a lot in the streets of Amsterdam. And you see, big dogs, small dogs, they all love to go for a ride!
Afraid of the dark days ahead, many Amsterdammers dyed their hair in all the colors of the rainbow!
Most of the time, only a part of it. Most of the time, even only the tips of it..
I am lucky that the social enterprise JO Cadeau that I founded has its headquarters (and to be honest, only quarters) in this amazing building by Dutch architect Aldo van Eyck. It is an anti-squat arrangement; you pay very little and rent a space in a building that would otherwise be empty or occupied by squatters. It is great. It is in the city centre, in the old Jewish neighbourhood. The only disadvantage is that you can suddenly be ‘kicked out’ when the building is sold.
For lunch I love to go out to get some bread and nice Dutch cheeses that we eat all together (interns, freelancers and ourselves) in our office. When outside, I look at the cyclists. It is a diverse scenery at the Plantage Middenlaan. Check it out:
It is the time of the year again that all kids in Nothern Europe get really excited. Why? Because Santa Claus is coming to town! Sinterklaas is a lively tradition in Northern Europe. The legend goes that Sinterklaas, who lives in Spain, arrives by steamboat over the Amstel River every year. Reason for all parents to get their kids on the bike and follow this happy proceeding alongside the shores of the river.
This year the Sinterklaas tradition got a lot of attention from all over the world. Not for a positive reason, though. There has been a big controversy about Santa’s helpers, the ‘Black Peters’. Some think of it as a tradition that lacks respect to these nice ‘Zwarte Pieten’. You can read all about it in the NY times, the Washington post or even Aljazeera. Here are some ’Zwarte Pieten’ on roller blades:
Anyway, I don’t feel like taking any position. All I want to do is to share the joy of the kids and the devotion of their parents, carrying them on their bikes:
Remember Else’s project I bike ABC in Buenos Aires? Well this is the result: our pictures printed in huge and hanging in the ‘El Rosedal’ park of BA..
Copenhagen Cycle Chic is also part of the exhibition with some nice pictures:
On this warm summer night in August – with the winter closing in we are in need of some sunny shots – these two ladies turned a lot of heads on their way to their friday night activities. Very late that night I bumped into them at a sweaty dubstep party – still looking classy. Happy Friday, everybody!
Frederiksplein, here in Amsterdam. It’s 14h50. It is a day like any others. What is happening here? Nothing special, just some Amsterdammers – on bike of course – gathering at the exit of a school, the montessori school Asvo.
It seems like ages ago because of the enormous change in the weather conditions, but last week I was in sunny Utrecht for my cousin’s graduation. I took these pictures of the bikes and students in front of the Academic Library. You see the one where it says ‘Forbidden to park bikes’ (verboden rijwielen te plaatsen)?
Utrecht is a very pretty and old city full of nice shops, terraces along the canals, students, cafes, the dom tower and museums. If you’re ever in Amsterdam you must absolutely take the train for only half an hour to visit this lovely city.