Inspired by Copenhagen Cycle Chic

Cycling holidays

Sunny Saturdays

Summer is in full swing in Amsterdam and everybody is getting to their cafe dates, festivals, beaches and museums by bike. The mornings are getting cooler but the afternoons the weather make for perfect cycling…so get out and enjoy the summer sunshine!

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By Mel


Barcelona cycle chic

Last weekend we went for a city-trip to Barcelona.. Of course we decided to rent a bike to (re)discover the city. And of course we went to the shop of our Cycle chic mates: Pedal bike rental
Here is Steven, owner and also parent of a little Eddy (..Merckx !). His wife is running Barcelona Cycle Chic, have a look!

We got great bikes, see mine here below. This day the wind was so strong that we did not even have to pedal from ‘Poblenou’ to ‘Poble sec’ (for the ones who know Bcn!)
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Biking is getting more and more popular in Barcelona which also adds to the quantity of cycle chisters..
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And also to the creation of original bikes, like the lucky bike:

Or customized bikes like this one for “Amadeu”, the dog! Who’s the boss?!!!

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by Aude


Sevilla Cycle Chic

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sevilla2 by aude

I am just back from a long weekend in Sevilla with my family. It was really good to see them all! The city is beautiful, as was the weather: 30 degrees! Great way to extend the summer.. There were many cycle chicsters like those young Spanish people or my sister/mother:

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The infrastructure is cycle and eldery friendly (see the road sign here above!)

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Next to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Cathedral and the Alcázar palace , we biked to the CAAC (Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo). This museum, build in an ancient monastery, is a very inspiring place  that’s worth the detour..

Amsterdam Cycle Chic

by Aude

Not only locals  or ‘cycle chic families’ rent bikes or use the Sevici to get around, here you have a group of Italian friends, enjoying Sevilla by bike.


Bike sharing squared

If you really like sharing, you do not only take a bike from a bike-sharing scheme, but you also share that bike with someone else. That is bike-sharing squared!

This summer I was in Nice again and we saw quite a few people sharing the Vélo bleu bikes.
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The sign of the Vélo bleu scheme is spot on; a bicycle with wings and the tagline Bougez en tout liberté (moving in complete freedom). I love it that it underlines the freedom that cycling gives you!
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Want to see more pictures of cycling in Nice? Check out the blogpost I wrote last year: Greetings from Nice


Three in a row

Amsterdam Cycle Chic

by Aude

Cycling with 2 of your best friends and feeling the road is yours, this is the right way to enjoy the summer!


How to cycle like a Queen (or King!)

Yesterday was a whirlwind of parties all over the city and what was the best way to get there? By bike of course. How did you flaunt your flair on your bike? Here are six ways some Amsterdammers showed their orange pride.

1. With a hat
How to Cycle like a Queen (or King!)

2. With a traveling party
How to Cycle like a Queen (or King!)

3. Tagging along with a friend (and ‘flag’ your cheeks!)
How to Cycle like a Queen (or King!)

4. Bike together and scarf your orange
How to Cycle like a Queen (or King!)

5. Adorn yourself in a King’s robe
How to Cycle like a Queen (or King!)

6. Proudly fly your flag!
How to Cycle like a Queen (or King!)
by Meredith


White bikes and Dutch nature

‘God created the world, and the Dutch created the Netherlands’, that’s what people sometimes say about our country. And indeed, it is quite difficult to find parts of the Netherlands untouched by men. But, this weekend I enjoyed the beauty of Dutch nature in national park ‘De Hoge Veluwe’. The natural beauty was amazing. The play between rain and sun caused dramatic skies, deers and hares walked through the forests and the wide heather sometimes made me think of the African savanna. But, the Dutch couldn’t help touching also this part of nature. A family built a museum in the park with famous pieces of Van Gogh, Picasso and Mondriaan. And through the park a network of cycle lanes was created to cycle around on the free white bikes that are all around the park. The Dutch just can’t help it; they ‘have’ to touch nature to make every part of the country bicycle friendly…

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The free white bikes

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A bicycle friendly natural park

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African images

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Which way to go?

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Family cycling

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Joni on a white bike

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Well ahead of his family

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Sunshine in the forest


Groningen Cycle Chic

This weekend we went to the beautiful city of Groningen. Groningen is in the north of the Netherlands. It has an old and famous university, a cool modern art museum ‘the Groninger Museum‘ an old city centre and as every Dutch city; it is full of bikes and everybody of all ages cycles.

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Bike at Groningen University

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Family cycling

Groningen Cycle Chic

Cheesy cargo bike

Bike art in Groninger Museum

Art by Yin Xiuzehn in Groninger Museum

Groningen Cycle Chic

Groningen University

Bike parking Groningen

Bicycle parking

Groningen Cycle Chic

Love bike

Cycling in Groningen

Bike parking in Groningen courtyard

Groningen loves bikes

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Bicycle statue in Groningen

Learning to cycle / statue in Groningen


Cycle Chic Conference 2012 – Budapest

This year’s Cycle Chic Conference in Budapest was legendary! The Cycle Chic Republic was united in the Hungarian capital. So it was a weekend full of bike events, chatting about cycling, photographing, tweeting and instagramming with bloggers from o.a. Vienna, Copenhagen, Berlin, Vitoria (Brazil) and Budapest.

Mikael Colville Andersen Aron Halasz

Cycle Chic bloggers

Hungary Cycle Chic

Hungary Cycle Chic host: Áron on his Dutch bike

Cycle Chic Conference

Hungary Cycle Chic organised the conference and found many sponsors to make our stay even more enjoyable and the cycling events even cooler. The main event for us was definitely the Bicycle fashion show, in which normal people walked the catwalk with their bikes, dressed up in their best clothes. It was so nice that we decided to dedicate a whole blogpost to it, that will follow later this week.

Budapest is working hard on improving their cycling infrastructure. The very successful Critical Mass meetings have certainly left their mark. And now organisations like Hungary Cycle Chic and the Hungarian Cyclist Club are taking bicycle activism over to make the city more bicycle friendly. But as you can see on the pictures; Budapest has bicycle infrastructure and cyclists, and was quite a comfortable city to cycle around. So let’s hope the amount of cyclists, cycle lanes and bicycle traffic lights will only improve!

Mikael Colville Andersen

Budapest bike lane

Cyclists in Hungary - Budapest

Budapest cyclists

Cycling in Budapest

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Budapest Cyclists

bicycles on boat on Danube

Bikes on boat on Danube

Bicycle infrastructure

Bicycle traffic light

Bicycle Infrastructure

Budapest bicycle infrastructure

Bicycle repair

Bike repair at Danube

Reflexion Budapest

Budapest in bike light

Budapest Cycle Chic

Thanks Cycle Chic Hungary

Thanks to the Hungarian Cyclist Club, the European Mobility Week and the Center for Budapest Transport for sponsoring the cycling events. Thanks Csepel Bikes for lending us our very comfortable and cool bikes! And thanks Anker’t for being such a cool bar and for sponsoring the afterparty after the fashion show.


BIKASIA

 

It is now a year ago that I (Aude) travelled through Asia with my husband for more than 4 months! At the time, I was already taking pictures of bicycles for the blog of our friend Philip: Dutch in Dublin.

BIKASIA is a compilation of images showing that bikes are very popular all over Asia: from India, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia to China! But the best thing is that they are all cycling chic!


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