Inspired by Copenhagen Cycle Chic

Cycling in suits

Still chic in the ’20s

I love seeing old photos and footage from back in the day. The Eye has a great collection of these old films and this one caught my attention.

A little history lesson: this was when about 80% of all trips were made by bike. Now about 60% of all trips are made by bicycle in the city center. Amazing right?

And look at the people. So simply chic with their hats and jackets. Sitting upright on their oh-so-Dutch bikes. Love it.

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Top 5 things to look forward to in 2016

Best wishes for 2016!

2015 was a great year. As an ode to all the fantastic shots our team captured in 2015 and all our loyal followers, we’ve put together a short list of the top 5 things to look forward to this year in Amsterdam – doubled up with our most popular blog and Instagram posts of 2015.

1. Several days (at least) of non-stop sun sometime between March 23 and September 17. Otherwise, don’t forget to smile while you squint and bear the rainy weather.

2. Doubling up with a lover (or a stranger).  The best part about getting around in this city is pairing up – on one bike is cozy, but side-by-side works just as well. Our cyclists of the month from February love doubling!

 

 

Wieger and Anne Marie

3. Wearing black, preferably a leather jacket as well.    black leather jacket by aude

4. Spotting adorable children and their (stylish) mamas.  This black and white made waves on Facebook and Instagram. And photos of our own Aude (who now has two little ones) was the most-seen post of the year!

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5. Discovering a new favorite corner in this fantastic city. By bike, of course! Maybe a new cafe or a nice view – where ever it is, let it be all yours.

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A huge thanks to all our readers and followers this year! We are grateful for your loyalty and we wouldn’t still be around if it wasn’t for you. From all of us at Amsterdam Cycle Chic, happy new year!


Original Amsterdam. Original cool.

This guy is 100% Amsterdam. Riding one-handed along the beautiful Amstel, cruising with the dog, black panniers flapping in the breeze, and sporting the tweed and the slicked-back silver hair.

Seriously Amsterdam. Seriously cool.

Dapper in tweed

by Meredith

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TGIF joy ride

Last night these two were speeding down the Weesperzijde – with smiles of course – definitely in a hurry to get to their destination, which likely had beers and bitterballen awaiting them. ;)

  


Paris Cycles Chic

PARIS CYCLE CHIC lady cycling on velib in front of the Louvre #velib #velo #paris #parijs #louvre #cyclechic #womanonbike
When former Paris Mayor Delanoë launched the Vélib’ bike sharing scheme in 2007, people laughed. His aim was to reduce traffic in the French capital and give the Parisians more liberty in transportation. Hence the name velib’: from the French words Vélo (bike) and Liberté (liberty). Many people thought the scheme would never work, but after a difficult start, with bikes being stolen or destroyed, it turned out to be a success. After the first five years, 138 million people had used the 23,000 rental bicycles and 31 communities on the outskirts of Paris had joined Vélib’.
(Read: the bicycles revolution in Paris five years later)
Paris Cycle Chic  I was in Paris for a week and pleasantly surprised by the chic cyclists. Parisiens are stylish, also on a bike
Paris Cycle Chic  I was in Paris for a week and pleasantly surprised by the chic cyclists. Parisiens are stylish, also on a bike
Delanoë ‘is a living liveable city legend’ says the Copenhagenize blog. And we all love Delanoë’s quote: “The fact is that cars no longer have a place in the big cities of our time”
Paris Cycle Chic  I was in Paris for a week and pleasantly surprised by the chic cyclists. Parisiens are stylish, also on a bike
Luckily Paris’ new mayor, socialist Anne Hidalgo, also believes firmly in the importance of bikes and other solutions to calm down traffic. She introduced P’tit Vélib’, little bikes added to the bike sharing programme for kids, she wants to double the length of bike lanes, and make more 30 km/h zones in the city.
Business man on bike. Paris cycle chic #pariscyclechic #cyclechic #cycling #velib #velo #bikesharing #bicicleta #bicycle #paris #cyclingwithsuit
Paris Cycle Chic  I was in Paris for a week and pleasantly surprised by the chic cyclists. Parisiens are stylish, also on a bike
I just went to Paris for a week, visiting my parents in law for a lovely family holiday. What did I see? Many people using Vélib’s, but also many people on their own bike. The most noticeable, though somehow quite expectable, thing is that Paris cycles chic! We knew that Parisians have style, and we are happy to see that they don’t change their style while cycling. Business man cycling in suits, ladies with high heels and hipsters with skinny jeans. That is how it should be!
Paris Cycle Chic  I was in Paris for a week and pleasantly surprised by the chic cyclists. Parisiens are stylish, also on a bike
To be honest, there is still a lot of car traffic in Paris. There are many places where cycle lanes suddenly stop and roundabouts where even I, as an experienced urban cyclist, didn’t dare to ride. But, thanks to a large extend to Paris’ current and former Mayor, it is going in the right direction. So keep up the good work Parisians and get on your vélo!
Paris Cycle Chic  I was in Paris for a week and pleasantly surprised by the chic cyclists. Parisiens are stylish, also on a bike
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Paris Cycle Chic  I was in Paris for a week and pleasantly surprised by the chic cyclists. Parisiens are stylish, also on a bike


Happy Monday!

Behind the street cleaner in the bike lane. Stopped at a red light. Eager to get to work. Looking up at the gray sky. Is it going to start raining? Stylish nonetheless!

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Instamonth: July’s top 10 Instagram pics

Check out Amsterdam Cycle Chic’s top 10 of July’s Instagram pics:

1. Cycling in a suit

Cycling in a suit. Love the red shoes! #commute #cyclechic #man #bicycle #amsterdam #tgif #dutchbike #bicicleta

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2. Vacuum cleaner transport

vacuum cleaner transport @Philips #rainyday #cyclechic #vacuumcleaner #philips #nofilter #amsterdam #bikeams

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3. Girl on racing bike

Girl Cycling on race bike #vijzelstraat #racebike #saturdayinthecity #amsterdam #bikeams #velo #girlonbike

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4. Father, baby and bike

5. Father and daughter

6. High school kids with their bikes

7. Father and daughter in the Vondelpark

Father and daughter on a bike #daddyday #dutchbike #growingupinholland #bicicleta #cycling #amsterdam #Vondelpark

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8. Dutch kids art

Kids drawing bike on the sidewalk #amsterdam #kids #streetart #growingupinholland #dutchbike #bicicleta #bicycle

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9. Rainy days in summer

Rainy days in summer #amsterdam #weather #rain #cycling #raincoat #dutchsummer

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10. High school double date

Double date on bikes #bicicletaeamor #highschool #summer #holidays #growingupinholland #dutchbike cycling

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Instamonth
Are you already following us on Instagram? You should, if you want to learn more about Amsterdam’s cycling culture and enjoy the diversity of cyclists and bikes in Amsterdam’s streets. Every month we will post the most liked Instagram shots here on our blog.


Instamonth: June’s top 10 Instagram pics

June, the month that the summer started, that the parks are everyone’s favourite places to be, and the month that the city turned orange because of the World Cup.

Check out Amsterdam Cycle Chic’s top 10 of June’s Instagram pics:

1. Daily life in Amsterdam; cycling together on one bike to work

2. Good morning Amsterdam, cycling along the Amstel river

good morning Amsterdam #cyclechic #cyclechic #Amsterdam #amstel #bridges #dutchbike #dutchsummer

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3. Lady cycling on the skinny bridge

4. Dutch girl in orange wearing her bike chain as a belt

5. Cycling in the Vondelpark

Cycling in the Vondelpark #Vondelpark #Amsterdam #iamsterdam #cycling #cyclechic #bikeams #park #ladies #womanonbike

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6. Bridges are the Dutch hills

Bridges are the Dutch hills #cyling #bridge #dutchmountains #Amstel #Amsterdam #boathouse #canal #dutchbike #womanonbike #hippie

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7. Cool hair!

Cool hair! #Amsterdam #Amstel #dutchbike #ladies #womanonbike #Netherlands #cycling #cyclechic #bicycle #bike #bicicleta

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8. A rose for your girlfriend?

A rose for your girlfriend? #roseseller #amsterdam #amsterdamstyle #cyclechic #flowers

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9. Last phone call and then the weekend really starts

Last phone call and then the weekend really starts #tgif #commute cycling in suit #Amsterdam #cyclechic #bicicleta #bicycle #dutchbike #

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10. Cargo bike parking sign at the Beatrixpark

Cargo bike parking sign #bikeparking #bakfiets #cargobike #Amsterdam #beatrixpark #playground #cycling #bikeams #trafficsign

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Instamonth
Are you already following us on Instagram? You should, if you want to learn more about Amsterdam’s cycling culture and enjoy the diversity of cyclists and bikes in Amsterdam’s streets. Every month we will post the most liked Instagram shots here on our blog.


The daily grind

Getting to and from work is usually a bit of a bore in most cities. Crowded trains, noisy buses, traffic, pollution, pushing and shoving.

Living in Amsterdam and riding to work (and playing afterwards!) makes your journey, and day ahead much more enjoyable. You can almost guarantee your commute time each day – which for most people who travel by bike, is less than 20 minutes to the centre. I travel by bike and my work is only a few blocks away! Is it any wonder why the French are trying to pay their citizens to ride their bikes to work?

Here is a little snapshot into our bump and grind here in Amsterdam. Enjoy a day in the life..

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By Mel.


Thank you Momentum Magazine!

Thank you Momentum Magazine!

Since December passed us by so quickly we are just now getting to share some big news. US-based urban cycling mag, Momentum Magazine, featured our very own Amsterdam Cycle Chic girls in their December issue. Joni and I wrote a brief article with tips about the best cycling city in the world, including a few pointers on “how to cycle like an Amsterdammer”. In the 2-page spread they also featured photos by us — and Aude’s shot of me for last year’s Cyclist of the Month was chosen for the cover! You can still download the December issue here.

We love opportunities like this. Sharing Amsterdam’s unique and amazing  — and all so normal at the same time — bike ‘culture’ with the world is one reason this blog exists. So keep on cycling chic, Amsterdam!

Thank you Momentum Magazine!


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