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Cyclist of the Month… Maud, initiator Cyclehack and bike expert

“Dutch kids are the happiest kids in the world, and our bike friendly culture certainly is one of the reasons for their happiness. That is why my mission is to promote cycling and make sure it stays the preferred mode of transport in the Netherlands.” Maud de Vries is one of the initiators of Cyclehack Amsterdam and a bike culture expert. Cyclehack is a global movement where people get together to address the barriers to cycling and come up with creative solutions. “With Cyclehack we wanted to give Amsterdammers a wake-up call. We Amsterdammers are so used to cycling every day, that we do not always fully appreciate what we have. When I ask an Amsterdammer to look at cycling through the eyes of a tourist, people start talking about what cycling means to them and how it influences lives, here and in other parts of the world.”
Maud de Vries

Amsterdam is an example of bike friendliness, but still we encounter some barriers. Can you name some of those barriers?
According to the city council the important barriers that need to be addressed are bike parking, bike theft, too crowded cycle lanes and connecting cycling to public transport like the metro and the train. We, as the organisers of Cyclehack, see two other important challenges; innovation and marketing. We want to claim the bike like Scandinavia has claimed fashion. Amsterdam should again be the number one cycling city in the world.”

Cyclehack took place in 40 cities around the world in the weekend of the 20th of June. What are the ideas with the highest potential that came out of Amsterdam’s Cyclehack?
We are already working on putting some ideas into practice: Cycle Space (a space about cycling in the city), LinkLock (a lock attached to a pole that indicates when a bike was parked, to help address the problem of bikes gone a stary), and the ‘bike-back-crate’ (a foldable bike crate that you can take with you on your back) amongst others. But there are many other ideas that came out of Cyclehack that we are talking about with the city council and Dura Vermeer, one of our sponsors.

Cyclehack Amsterdam

Beside organising Cyclehack Amsterdam you do a lot more to promote cycling, can you tell us something about your other projects?
I am a creative strategist working mostly on bike to work projects. I address the issue of how to get people on their bikes (and out of the car). I am looking at creative ways to change people’s behaviour. I work a lot on ‘Toury’. Toury is an bike to work app, it is a game that triggers people to get on their bikes. For some people losing weight could be a trigger, other people are triggered by environmental reasons, health reasons or because cycling is very relaxing after a day of work. The app addresses all those different triggers. We work internationally with this app with big companies and organisations.

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Why do you love cycling so much?
Cycling gives me a feeling of freedom. It immediately relaxes. I can stop wherever I want, I see things that I don’t see from a car or public transport and it is social, you connect with other people. I just love it!

What bike do you have?
I have a Workcycles FR8. It is a great bike! It is the first bike that I spent quite some money on. I bought it when I had my first child. It is great for short and long distances and I can carry my two kids and the groceries on it. When I arrive home, I ride the bike into my house and put the groceries in my kitchen. I have recommended this bike to many friends and everybody loves it.
Maud de Vries, initiator Cyclehack Amsterdam


No need to iron this suit!

This is why I love cycling in Amsterdam – even the suits are doing it! And there’s no need for an iron or a dry clean: just let the evening breeze ease the wrinkles and sweat from the day.


Instamonth: May’s top 10 Instagram pictures

Check out Amsterdam Cycle Chic’s top 10 Instagram pics of May.

1. Bikes parked on the bridges of the old canals

2. Speedy cycle chicster

3. D is for Daddy

4. “Black addicted”

5. Bike lane signs

6. Annie “Londonderry” Kopchovsky, first woman to bicycle around the world

7. Cycling high!

Cycling high! #amsterdam #oost #racefiets #cycling #parking #trafficsign #nofilter #cyclechic

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8. Following their shadows

9. Father and son cycling through a park

10. Amsterdam style: looking good, but not spending a penny on your bike

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.


Ferry fashion

Sun is out which means all the cool kids are grabbing the free ferry to the North where it’s all happening!

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By Mel


Sunset bromance

It’s always nice to catch the last bit of sunshine of the day. Especially when it’s with your buddy, cycling side by side.


Instamonth: April’s top 10 Instagram pictures

Check out Amsterdam Cycle Chic’s top 10 Instagram pics of April.

1. Carrying flowers on back carrier

Carrying flowers on #bikeluggagerack #flowers #fleurs #bike #velo #amsterdam #wibautstraat

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2. Love on a bike

Love on a bike #cyclechic #bicicletaeamor #bikeams #amsterdam #doubling #dutchbike #sparta #dutchlady

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3. Turning to the right

4. Kings Day: Bikes in Vondelpark

5. Another windy morning

Another windy morning #amsterdam #cyclechic #windyweather #wind #dutchbike #bikeams #cyclelane #cycling #bicicleta

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6. Bike crates are soooo cool!

Boys in Amsterdam #bikecrates are soooo cool! #growingupinholland #amsterdam #amsterdamcycling #kidsonbikes #bikeams #children

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7. Kings Day: Hipsters in the Vondelpark

Hipsters celebrate it too! #hipster #amsterdam #kingsday #koningsdag #qday #holland #orange #racebike #cyclechic

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8. Mums and Babies

Mums and babies #westerpark #amsterdam #childseat #dutchbike #dutchlady #bikeams #familycycling #cyclechic

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9. Kings Day: Vondelpark Flea Market

Everyone in #orange for Kingsday in the #vondelpark #brocante #dutchie #holland #kingsday #qday #amsterdam #cyclechic

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10. Kings Day: Dinking

Good evening all! #homesweethome #amsterdam #wibautstraat #oost #kingsday #qday #koningsdag #cyclechic

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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.


Ready, set, RACE!

It looked like these two girls were trying to race each other once this red light turned green. I don’t blame them. At the end of a long work day, I also feel like racing home! Just can’t wait to take off my shoes and kick up my feet.


TGI Thursday!

The saying goes TGIF, but I’m saying thank goodness it’s Thursday! What a gorgeous afternoon we had here in Amsterdam. I spent some time on the sunny terrace of the Eye. Might even got sunburned! But I love the ferry on sunny days. Where were you?

Hopefully the sun keeps up this magical work til Monday — the nations best holiday — King’s Day!



Sunny days make me feel good

Finally the first real spring days! And what do you do? Ride to your local park and chill out. At the Sarphati Park, in De Pijp, you could barely see the grass. Bikes and people everywhere. Oh ya.

Sunny days make me feel good
Sunny days make me feel good
Sunny days make me feel good
Sunny days make me feel good


Biking the bike

You see a lot of double bikers in town. Sometimes you just need to bring back your spare bike from the other side of town (after one too many drinks..*hiccup*!), or lend a bike to a friend. Let me tell you, it’s not easy to balance! It’s the next on my list of things to master. Holding an umbrella whilst cycling was my last successful feat..whoop!

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By Mel


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