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Do you stop at *all* red lights?

The other day I was riding down Vijzelstraat towards the city centre. As I was approaching the Prinsengracht (a one-way and precisely here), I slowed down, looked for on-coming cars and bikes from the left and right… and kept riding.

Yes, I knowingly rode through a red light. In Amsterdam. The capital of red-light-running. I know, that doesn’t make it ok.

A police car followed me, pulled me over, and proceeded to lecture me about how it’s unsafe, especially “because a police car was parked at the intersection.”

And then he actually asked me if he could give me a fine of €97. I had already argued my side by saying I felt safe, so I didn’t argue further. But could I have said no? I wonder.

So watch out Amsterdammers. They’re out to get ya!

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Rainbow brights

It brought a smile to my face when I sidled up to this pretty colourful pair at the cash machine. Perfectly matched Mother and Daughter duo are ready to go shopping together!
..Punky Brewster eat your heart out!

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By Mel


Bundle up!

It’s cold out there! But the cold doesn’t stop Amsterdammers from getting on their bikes. Or looking chic.
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How to be a friend

Give a lift, or carry your friend’s bag. These two friends have it down.

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Cold night’s crossroads

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by Aude

2015 just took off. Crossroads ahead. Take the left way, or take the right way? Take it easy anyway!


Winter wonder blur

I caught these Amsterdammers going though the Rijksmuseum bike path, enjoying today’s sunny chill and riding fast through the tunnel. So many people out and about on their bikes today. Babies, bakfiets, lovers, and friends — I love that no matter the weather, we keep on peddling.  
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Happy New Year!

Oh what a year!

We would like to thank all of our followers and fellow cyclists around the world and wish you all a wonderful 2015!

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Cyclist of the month : Paulien, owner of O My Bag

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Paulien is a very friendly business woman with a huge smile all over her face. When I asked her not to smile for some pictures on the shoot, it was so unnatural for her that we would both burst out laughing after a few seconds. So the smile you see is real!
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Crazy for bags, Paulien always wanted to create her own brand. So after obtaining a bachelordegree in history, a mastersdegree in international relations and an internship at the Dutch foreign affairs office, she decided to go for her dream in 2010. She worked hard on her concept and on her first creations, and sold her very first O My bag in 2011.
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Willing to bring something good to society, she decided to create her bags fairly made. She believes that the consumer is responsible for the world he wants to live in and for what he believes is right, so for the choice he makes while buying. Her motto is « you vote with your wallet ».
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Paulien also wants to raise awareness for the production process. Therefore O My bag also shares lots of pictures of the people working in the O My bag factories. She has choosen her factories after travelling to India to look for the best factory for her concept. O My bag is now working with 4 factories in Calcutta. In Amsterdam O My bag has 4 employees and 4 interns. Paulien COM by Aude-2Their office is located in a fantastic place, an ‘antikraak’ location which means a place « anti-squatting ». As you might know, it is legal to squat a building or house in Amsterdam that has been unoccupied for over a certain period of time, so owners prefer to rent the place for a bargain to avoid the risk of squatters !
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If you are in Amsterdam, you can get her bags in several stores but you can get them in many other European countries too and even in USA, Russia and South Korea ! For all others ; O My bag ships all around the world if you order online.
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Paulien bikes on a standard Dutch bike, she has got it since 3 years. But she is going to get a business bike soon. A bike from the brand Lekker. Both brands share the same space and spirit in the pop up store Gekaapt, together with 6 other brands.
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Paulien has a collection of lights on her bike. You may think she wants to be seen in these dark days of winter. But that is not the case. None of them is working ! She laughs. (Paulien always laughs !) It became some kind of decoration of the bike. She says all those lamps can’t survive the rain. And she is right, most of these little lamps can’t take all the rain falling in Amsterdam !
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It only takes Paulien 20 minutes to ride her bike from her home to the office. She has differents ways to do this ride. If she is not in a hurry, she prefers the ride through the Vondelpark. Otherwise she goes through the city, on the Willems Parkweg or the van Breestraat. Very curious, she loves to look inside the Dutch homes, especially at this time of year because it’s dark early and Dutch families hardly close the curtains so you can have a look at all these beautifully enlighted homes.
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Paulien’s home is very special too, it’s a ‘woonboot’ which litterally means ‘livingboat’. She shares her home with 2 other girlfriends. After University they moved together to Amsterdam and have been happy flatmates ever since. As you can see it’s a very cute, special home with a hood and thatch roof. It looks a bit like a chalet on water. It’s on a promenade path, so in summer they often hear passers-by that wonder « who would be living here ? » Well now you know it’s Paulien, the O My bag woman..

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Paulien’s new bike Lekker has arrived, see here:
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Winter cool.

Baby it’s cold outside, so get out your wools, hats, big jackets and get (back) on that bike.

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By Mel


London calling, London cycling

Two weeks ago I went with my family to London to visit my sister. She is doing a masters in Fine Arts at Goldsmiths University. Even though she has been living there for just a couple of months now, it seemed the city was all hers. Many people find London a dangerous place for cyclists*, but you can see the city is making an effort to make it more bike friendly. With a bike sharing scheme, cycle super highways and more bike lanes.
London cycle chic by Aude-4You see more and more Londoners moving around on their own bikes..
London cycle chic by Aude-1.. or on Barclays bikes. Barclays sponsors the London biking scheme (until 2015, so that name will change soon). These bikes are also called ‘Boris Bikes’, after Boris Johnson, Mayor of London who is a big supporter of promoting cycling in London. Did you know that Boris’ wedding gift for the Royal couple Kate and William was a bike and his birthday present for little Prince George was a personalised toddlers ‘Barclays bike’?

However, the credits for the start of the bike sharing scheme go to Ken Livingstone, previous Mayor of London. He announced in 2007 that he was planning to implement a cycle hire scheme modelled on the successful Vélib’ network in Paris. Today there are 10.000 Barclays bikes waiting for you!

London cycle chic by Aude-2Mayor Johnson said that he “hoped the bikes would become as common as black cabs and red buses in the capital” Let’s hope it will happen and in the meantime: Enjoy sharing the road!

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London cycle chic by Aude-3But please, to all non-UK tourists, don’t forget to look right when crossing the street..
London cycle chic by Aude-5And yes, as everywhere, cycling is cool, and could be romantic too..it took her a while to unlock her bike. Just long enough for a last chat with her friend! Boy..friend?!

Cylistly yours, Aude

*see for example interviews on our blog with VANMOOF founder Taco and Ace & Tate founder Camiel


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