Carole reports from Bilbao

Bilbao : culture and cycling This story is part of our youReport series. In August Carole wrote about cycling conditions in Estepona in the South of Spain and she said “While Spain is in recession as other European countries, I was impressed to see their investment in transport infrastructure catering for cyclists.” Well, this seems true for Bilbao, in the North of Spain, as well. Carole reports again: In Bilbao, it’s good to see that in the modern area surrounding the Guggenheim museum, facilities exist for cyclists who have their own space, clearly separated from the road and footpath facilitating[…]

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Bruce reports from Montreal

Montreal : North America’s best bicycling This story is part of our youReport series. Do you remember Bruce McVean from Liveable London? He spoke – and most excellently at that – at our members meeting last year: If not now then when?. Well, he was off to North America recently and visited Montreal which the Copenhagenize Index ranks Montreal 11th. It says “Once again, Montreal maintains its position as North America’s premiere bicycle city” with a little word of warning that ” a number of North American cities are hovering just outside the Top 20 and they’re not going to[…]

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Adrian reports from Copenhagen

Copenhagen : where cycling space is everywhere! This story is part of our youReport series. We all say we are looking to learn from cities like Copenhagen and Amsterdam (to be reported on too, later, patience). The Copenhagenize Index (humbly) lists Copenhagen as second best cycle city in the world, after Amsterdam. The city has some serious infrastructure link projects underway, such as walk/cycle bridges, but it is the omnipresence of cycle space that is so impressive to the outsider. Adrian visits Copenhagen on regular business trips and sent us this. Adrian: “I am there often, but it still impresses[…]

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Davva reports from Budapest

Budapest : cool bike culture This story is part of our youReport series. This grand old European city of Budapest is ranking 13th in the Copenghagenize Index of bicycle-friendly cities. It deserves that for its strong advocacy (yes, Copenhagenize hand out points for that) and its bike culture. Bike modal share figures are hard to come by. In 2010 it has been suggested Budapest had breached the 5% mark (twice than the bike share in Newcastle). What does the casual observer think? Davva reports. Earlier this month I was lucky enough to do some voluntary work in Budapest. Although I[…]

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Carole reports from Estepona

Estepona : blue sea and blue tracks This story is part of our youReport series. While Spain is in recession as other European countries, I was impressed to see their investment in transport infrastructure catering for cyclists. Estepona is a hidden gem within the Costa del Sol in Southern Spain and is often a mecca for cycle professionals taking advantage of nearby mountain ranges and training for competitions such as the Tour de France. Estepona is also the best place I have ever seen for everyday cyclists. The town has excellent cycleways along the main roads in addition to the[…]

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Julie reports from Barcelona

Barcelona : pleasing pedal This story is part of our youReport series. Copenhagenize puts Barcelona in 13. place of bike-friendly cities. Even just getting onto the prestigious list is an honour. Yet Barcelona used to be 3rd – competition is strong! From Copenhagenize we hear “Barcelona is an enjoyable city to cycle in”. So. Campaign member Julie had a look. Here’s her account: As soon as we came back from our hols I downloaded my cycling pictures for you. Yes, Barcelona did seem to have some good ideas for their cyclists! Most excitingly we saw parking zones clearly marked between[…]

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Cinema Politica presents “You will never bike alone”

Cinema Politica is an international organisation and Newcastle is part of this movement, their website is here. It aims to inspire topical dialogue and debate, on issues which sometimes receive little recognition here in the Newcastle or the UK. The documentary and fiction films we show are politically activated, where the filmmakers and investigators have often gone to great lengths in order to challenge and document social and environmental issues across the world. Be it the fight against oppressive regimes, environmental devastation by faceless corporations or peoples neglected by society, these films will open your eyes. The film on offer[…]

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Pen reports from Kiel

Kiel : A Baltic biking bliss This story is part of our youReport series. We saw Pen tweeting from Kiel – and got curious. The ADFC biking barometer lists Kiel as 4th best cycling city in Germany. So what does the user make of it? We asked Pen. Pen replied: I had done quite a lot of cycling in Germany in 1996 when I spent six months contracting in Wolfsburg, North Germany. If I had any free time I would be on my bike and off for a ride around the surrounding villages. Although it’s plain to see Germany has[…]

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Nigel reports from Assen, Drenthe

Drenthe : Hembrow holidays This story is part of our youReport series. Nigel has just returned from a great week cycling around the Drenthe area of the Netherlands, care of Hembrow Cycling Holidays. He says: I am still gobsmacked about how the Dutch have really got their act together on so many levels. Liveable towns and cities. Public transport well sorted (just love those double-decker trains). Not to mention the cycling… what with seemingly everyone using bikes from cradle to grave. Almost literally – I hear that one of the common causes of cycling casualties is old people dropping dead[…]

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Katja reports about cycling access

Germany : access all areas This story is part of our youReport series. It is common in German towns and cities to provide widespread pedestriansation in centres. City centres in Germany seem to be alive, teeming with people, shopping or whiling their time away, enjoying the atmosphere and surroundings. It is also common to provide a fair amount of cycling access… The photos below show some examples from North Germany that I have collated over the past years. It covers Braunschweig, Wolfenbüttel, Hanover and Bremen (in no particular order). This comes highly topical at a time when we managed to[…]

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