Inspired by Copenhagen Cycle Chic

Summer cycling

Park love!

It’s official: Spring is in the air! My favorite day of the year. The first really nice day that you don’t need gloves or wool socks.

Lovely 17-degree sunny weather brought all of Amsterdam to the Vondel Park for some much-deserved sun-on-skin action. Ahhhh doesn’t it feel so good. The park was full of people and their bikes thrown anywhere. It’s like as soon as they got to a sufficiently grassy and sunny spot–the kickstands came down, pants rolled up, and blankets strewn. Dust off those sunglasses (or just squint like a real Amsterdammer) and pop the prosecco, because spring is here.

Park love!
Park love!
Park love!
Park love!


Sevilla Cycle Chic

sevilla1 by Aude
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:

sevilla3 by aude
The infrastructure is cycle and eldery friendly (see the road sign here above!)

sevilla4 by aude
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.


Weekend sun

With all this rain, I’m already reminiscing the lovely sunshine we had only a few days ago. People were out and about, laughing with friends, and drinking beers on the terraces. And of course, riding their bikes too.

Is the summer really over now? Do we have anymore 2o-degree days left? Until then, reminisce with me…

Weekend sun
Weekend sun
Weekend sun

by Meredith

 


Calm and cool

On one of the few ‘hills’ in Amsterdam, I watched this girl breeze down the Ceintuurbaan bridge. The wind blowing through her hair. No pedaling required. Just calm and content. And not to mention a rockin’ outfit! Super chic.
Calm and cool
by Meredith


August Amstel Day

Please join me for a cycle on a sunny day in August along the river Amstel.

Painting river Amstel

The artist and his bike: painting the view over the river.

Bikes on the bridge

A typical sight for the end of August and the beginning of the new academic year; the new sorority girls all paint their bikes in the same colour.

Guys on bikes

Just checking where their friends are so that they can join them for a beer on a sunny terrace.

Amsterdam cycle chic

Taking it easy on his way to work. Cycling with no hands and enjoying the view.

Amsterdam cycle chic

The sun on her back, the wind in her hair and the summer print on her trousers, that is August!


Baby on board

Amsterdam cycle chic

by Aude

Before your baby is big enough to travel in a baby-seat on the front of your bike, take him out this way and keep on cycling!


Sunday chores

This guy had his arms full coming down Speigelstraat. What is that, a gym bag and a little something from H&M? Just another Sunday, doing chores by bike. Do you do your chores by bike, too?
Sunday chores


Omafiets

Amsterdam Cycle Chic

Anyone up for short Dutch lesson? I already told you at the time what was an “Opa“. Now let’s talk about the “Oma”: it is the grandma. You may think I love old people, and I do. But I am not the one who invented the expression “Omafiets”. “Fiets” means bike in Dutch so “Omafiets” is a grandma bike. And trust me the Omafiets is the fancy old classic that most of people in Amsterdam are riding on.

Amsterdam Cycle chic

by Aude


boys vs. girls

One great thing about Amsterdam cycling is hopping on the back of a friend’s bike, or giving someone else a ride. (In other countries, it’s illegal!) The first time I gave someone a ride, I almost fell on my face and broke my friend’s legs. How do you all make it look so easy?!

So when it comes to hitchin’ a ride, who does it better: boys or girls?

girls vs. boys

girls vs. boys
by Meredith


To the beach!

Amsterdam cycle chic

by Aude

This cycle chicster has the master plan for the weekend to share with our beloved ACC-folowers: go to the beach! This can either be done within the city borders, then go to Roest! Or just leave town and ride on to the Central Station and take the ferry to the Dutch seaside.


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


The gaggle

One thing I love about cycling in Amsterdam is how social it is.  As I snapped this shot, they were chatting and laughing away. This gaggle of girls is up to something, don’t you think?

The gaggle

by Meredith


BBQ-time

Amsterdam cycle chic

by Aude

Some off-road action before joining your best friends for a good old barbecue in the park. A favourite thing to do on summer nights in Amsterdam!


A pink pants weekend!

Did you see the Pride parade on the canals this Saturday? Those boats were incredible! In between the fabulous drag shows, feathered boas, winged costumes, glitter and glam–some people managed to keep their pants on this weekend at Amsterdam Pride. And when they did, it was nothing but pink!

A pink pants weekend!
A pink pants weekend!
A pink pants weekend!
A pink pants weekend!
A pink pants weekend!

by Meredith


Suits on bikes

Suits on bikes
Suits on bikes
Suits on bikes
Nevermind this sweltering heat, who doesn’t love a good-looking suit? With a beer, phone, briefcase–doesn’t matter, as long as it looks good. And on a bike, of course!

by Meredith


A lazy Sunday

A lazy ride
When you get tired of riding your bike, what do you do? Looks like this gal picked up a cute guy boat and threw her bike aboard, away they went down the canals. How romantic!

by Meredith


Summer in the city

amsterdam cycle chic

by Aude

Hot town, summer in the city
Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty
Been down, isn’t it a pity
Doesn’t seem to be a shadow in the city…


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!


*Dress* for the sun!

*Dress* for the sun!
*Dress* for the sun!
*Dress* for the sun!

 

This weather calls for nothing less than short shorts and sun dresses–and picnics, bbqs, and lots of smiles. We’ve waited a long time for this, haven’t we people?!

So, go get those itsy-bitsy frocks out, dust them off, and put them to good use!

by Meredith


Red pants, purple bike

Red pants, purple bike

 

I love all the bright colors out on the streets these days. Great weather to complement the colors, too. Can’t complain!


Sunday boots

Sunday boots
Boots and shorts–great combo for this summer weather. Don’t forget your poncho too! With the few minutes of sunshine in between the down-pours, sometimes it’s nice to take your bike for a walk. Slow down, look around, enjoy, and repeat!

by Meredith


No parents needed!

Last weekend I was in Twente, a pretty region in the east of the Netherlands. While enjoying a raw herring (a typical Dutch snack) on a square in the village of Rijssen I photographed kids, on their bikes on their own or together. No parents to be seen, just brothers, sisters and friends!

kids cycling
kids cycling
kid cycling


Business delivery

Amsterdam cycle chic

by Aude

I just loved these blues-brother-like guys, appearing on the borders of the Amstel river. It made me wonder, though: are they just colleagues on their way to have a drink or is this a smart dressed entrepreneur, taking his client out for lunch to one of the nicer restaurants on the borders of the Amstel. In any case, you must have a good deal of self-confidence to sit on the front seat of a bike like this, because a clumsy fall of the bike in front of a fully occupied terrace does not really match with this cool image!


Best of picnic days

Picnic days
Picnic days
Picnic days
Picnic days
Picnic days
Picnic daysThe Dutch take picnicking to a whole new level. Once the sun comes out, it’s like entire kitchens are brought to the park! And the best way to get to the park is of course by bike! The Vondelpark was packed with picnickers this weekend. Where were you picnicking this weekend?
by Meredith


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