No matter the weather, the handyman knows that if he is called upon, he can’t call off. So off he goes!
This past weekend was the much anticipated start of the Tulip season. 200,000 colourful Tulips were ‘planted’ in front of The Royal Palace of Amsterdam in Dam Square as part of an annual pop-up celebration held to celebrate our national symbol. The best part of it all was that the general public were invited to pick their own bouquet of fresh tulips! (if you were patient enough to cue up for hours!)
Bikes of course were out in full force, with their crates swinging with gorgeous towering tulips. The red colour represented Red Cross who was a sponsor of the event. They want this to be “a reason to share and give flowers to your neighbour, to show you care”. Let’s hope there was some sharing done here as it’s easy to take home beauties like these just for yourself.
Couldn’t get any more Dutch than this!
Happy Tulip Day!
2015 just took off. Crossroads ahead. Take the left way, or take the right way? Take it easy anyway!
When I first moved here 2.5 years ago I always carried an umbrella. People forewarned me of the climate here and briefed me to be prepared. But after the years I just got used to the basics ( I couldn’t bring myself to put on waterproof pants anymore and listen to the swooshing noise it made as I walked!). This entire Winter has definitely been cleansed from the heavens regularly – I have lived in my worn my knee-high trusty rain boots and olive green raincoat pretty much every day…the staple uniform! :) I decided to turn a negative thing into a positive fashion choice.
For others, practicality kicks in and a soggy seat is solved with a shopping bag as a cover. I have even seem bags worn as rainhats! (and very eager to catch it on camera).
With grey misty skies, a low sun and the leaves all fallen from the trees, the canals seem almost monochrome. It’s part of our daily lives here in Amsterdam and the city wouldn’t be the same without it x
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!
Well, unfortunately we won’t be getting snow for Christmas this year but we will be dashing around town collecting our ‘Kerstboom’ (Christmas Tree), Christmas dinner ingredients and Turkeys! Nothing is too much for the locals here balancing their festive decorations and babies in perfect harmony.
We at Amsterdam Cycle Chic want to wish all our fabulous readers a wonderful Christmas and look forward to sharing more Amsterdam cyclists with you in 2015!
By Aude and Meredith + wishes from all the Cycle Chic-ers!
Today it is the third birthday of our blog. Three years of promoting the Amsterdam way of cycling. Our believe that everyone around the world has the right to cycle safely in their own city, has motivated us to work on this voluntary blog. Amsterdam shows that all is possible on a bike: commute to work, go out for a drink, pick your kids up from school, take you dog for a run etc. etc.
All local politicians around the world have to do to create a bike friendly is to make cycling top priority; create a safe cycling infrastructure and encourage people young and old to use their bikes. Believe us, it is best for the health, fun and future of a city!
Please join us on our trip back through the past year:
Most popular posts (just click on the pictures to see the post):
Articles in magazines:
and loads and loads more…
Thank you all for checking out our blogs, liking our pictures and spreading the word about how cool cycling is. We look forward to a new year full of ‘horses of steel’!
About Cycle Chic
Amsterdam Cycle Chic is part of the global Cycle Chic movement. It all started in Copenhagen in 2007 when journalist, film director and photographer Mikael Colville-Andersen started posting pictures of people in Copenhagen on their bikes. All over the world people found his blog and were inspired by the Danish bicycle culture. It seemed that a lot of people linked cycling to sports; to lycra, speed and sweat. Mikael Colville-Andersen showed the world that cycling can be very stylish and part of a daily life.
Check out the original Copenhagen Cycle Chic website
The foundation of the Cycle Chic movement is this manifesto. In short; style over speed and no helmets or visvests.
About Cycle Chic
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.
You see more and more Londoners moving around on their own bikes..
.. 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!
But please, to all non-UK tourists, don’t forget to look right when crossing the street..
And 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
Since a month I work in Amsterdam-Noord, the neighbourhood at the other side of the IJ river. To get there by bike you either have to go all the way to the East side and cross two big bridges, or you take a ferry. Since March there is a new ferry at Java-eiland (the ‘Oostveer’ at Azartplein). I love it. You don’t have to cross the busy city centre and you have a great view over the water. It is actually quite relaxing after a day of hard work or after baby rush hour in the morning.
This is what it looks like when the ferry arrives:
- Curious what it is to take one of the other ferries? Read the post by Else: Living in Amsterdam Noord
- Want to try the ‘Oostveer’? Check out the ferry timetable, it goes only three times per hour
- Want to learn more about Amsterdam Noord? Visit the great website I Love Noord