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Cyclist of the month… Film maker Fadi

Fadi Hindash directed the short documentary ‘Mama Agatha‘. This heart-warming film is about migrant women in Amsterdam learning to ride a bike. Cycling means more freedom, and integration in Dutch society. Women of all ages and nationalities are taught by teacher Mama Agatha. Most of his life Fadi lived in car dominated Dubai, but three years ago he moved to Amsterdam. He was not able to cycle, but learned it from Mama Agatha herself. The premiere of ‘Mama Agatha’ will be on the 2nd of May during Leiden International Short Film Experience. Reason enough to make Fadi our cyclist of the month!
Fadi Hindash - film director

How did you come up with this topic for the documentary?

I was having coffee on my friend’s terrace overlooking a park where a group of Moroccan women were learning how to ride a bicycle. Immediately I was struck with how much that image said about integration and the life of migrants. I personally moved to the Netherlands 3 years ago but I have grown up with the identity of a migrant long before. I was raised in Dubai where my family and I lived as outsiders in our own home which is why the issue of integration is one that is very close to my heart. So when I saw the group of Arab women learning to cycle in Amsterdam, I immediately knew there was a story there for me. The fact that it looked so sweet and humorous set the tone for the film. Plus, I also never learned how to cycle because Dubai is a city of cars, which made the film even more personal as I was going through what the women were going through.


Documentary: Mama Agatha

Why is it important to learn to ride a bike?

Because it gives you freedom, not just physically but also emotionally. Cycling feels like flying, on wheels.

I don’t see any men in the documentary, are these cycling lessons just for women. If so, why do you think that is?

I had the same question during filming. As far as I know there aren’t similar courses for men. It could be because men tend to be more proud about admitting they don’t know something so basic or they would feel more embarrassed about falling in the street. I was lucky to have Mama Agatha as a teacher, she taught me behind the scenes while making the documentary.
Documentary: Mama Agatha

What do you like about Amsterdam?

It’s the perfect combination of a city and a little town. It’s cozy when you need it to be but also cosmopolitan when you need it to be. There’s also the other factor that cannot be put into words: it has this magic quality to it. It looks so pretty, almost like a dollhouse. I love things that seem unreal with a touch of fantasy, that’s the filmmaker in me.

by Joni


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


Bare hands on the handlebars!

The Dutch word for ‘gloves’ is my second all-time favourite Dutch word: handschoenen. Literally translated as ‘hand shoes.’ Yep, that’s what they are: shoes for the hands.

And just as I was getting quite comfortable toting these things around everywhere I go, it seems like it might be time to put them away (the jacket and scarf can stay handy though). Because 15ºC of sun calls for bare hands on the handlebars! Weeeeeeee!

Bare hands on the handlebars!


Instamonth: 10 best Instagram pictures

We missed a few Instamonth posts, so in this post we show you the top 10 of our Instagram pics of December, January and February.

1. National Tulip Day in Amsterdam

National Tulip Day in #amsterdam #flowers #bikes #cycling #amsterdamcyclechic

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2. Christmas tree cycling

Mumma will be proud when she's sees these three turn up! #cycling #christmas #christmastree #bikes #amsterdam #amsterdamcyclechic

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3. 5 O’clock rush hour

4. Perfectly coloured pair

Perfectly coloured pair #amsterdamcyclechic #amsterdam #cycling #family

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5. Let it snow!

Good morning #amsterdam #amsterdamcyclechic #bikes #snow #canals #cycling

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6. Foggy and cold Amsterdam

Foggy and cold amsterdam..is it going to snow? #nofilter #iamsterdam #cyclechic #fog #winter #amsterdam

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7. Baby chill modus on daddy’s bike

Baby chill modus on daddy's bike with no #bikeluggagerack cycling in #amsterdam #cyclechic #chill #iamsterdam #nofilter

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8. Christmas tree in panniers

Bike-sized. #amsterdam #amsterdamcyclechic #bikes #christmas #christmastree #cycling #pannier

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9. National Tulip Day at Dam Square

National Tulip Day #amsterdam #amsterdamcyclechic #flowers #tulips #red #bikes

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10. Bike love in London

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.


Does it make you smile?

Sometimes it’s cold. Hailing. Wet. Cloudy. And then sometimes we get lucky with nothing but sun. Yep, that makes us smile, smiles like these two. No gloves or hats even. That’s what being on your bike does — makes you smile.

Cycle chic


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!

Do you stop at all red lights?


How to be a friend

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

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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.  
Winter wonder blur
Winter wonder blur
Winter wonder blur
Winter wonder blur


Happy birthday to us!

Amsterdam Cycle Chic

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):

lightbattle by aude

The Lightbattle under the Rijksmuseum

Sunday style on Utrechtsestraat by Meredith

Sunday Style on Utrechtsestraat

Daddy Day by Aude

Daddy Day

Interview with VANMOOF founder Taco

Cyclist of the Month.. VANMOOF founder Taco

Andy by aude

Cyclist of the Month… singer songwriter Andy

Articles in magazines:

Marie Claire Brazil

Interview with Meredith and picture by Aude in Marie Claire Brazil

Thank you Momentum Magazine!

Article by Meredith and Joni and picture by Aude in Momentum Magazine

38HOURS Amsterdam Travelguide

Article by Meredith and Joni and picture by Aude in travelguide 38hours in Amsterdam

Our visitors mostly came from:This is where our visitors come from

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


Sing along in style

This dad and son duo–with their matching bomber jackers–were singing one of the Dutch Sinterklaas songs while they ride down the street. Such a sweet moment to watch the two.

Sing along


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