Shaun reports from Rotterdam

Rotterdam : good cycling on River Rotte’s dam This story is part of our youReport series. In the Dutch context Rotterdam does not fare as the best for cycling by a long stretch of the imagination – however one country’s “bottom”, can be another’s aspiration and inspiration. Here’s Shaun McDonald who Katja met in Edinburgh in September at an impromptu campaigners gathering. Shaun also tweets; he is @smsm1. Shaun explains: On my recent cycle trip from Dunkirk to the Hook of Holland… on entering Rotterdam, I have come across a few roundabouts where there was two-way cycling on parts of[…]

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Mark reports from Sydney

Sydney : Going Dutch down under This story is part of our youReport series. We picked this up on twitter. Another one after Bruce McVean from Liveable London. Oh, twitter, what would bike campaigners do without you? This time it’s Mark Wagenbuur – you can read his excellent blog Bicycle Dutch or follow him on twitter @BicycleDutch. Mark kindly gave us permission to use the two photos… holiday snaps from the Down Under, not from his native Netherlands. And if that’s not enough, there is a full blog post on his website A trip to Sydney, Australia. Mark’s tweets accompanying[…]

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Kim reports from Freiburg

Freiburg : wide and widening cycle lanes This story is part of our youReport series. Freiburg, in Germany, is something of a legend for sustainable living. Wikipedia tells us it’s got a a population of about 230,000 people and that the city is well known for “its high standard of living and advanced environmental practices”. Kim tells us more: Still sorting through photos, I have 1,200 of them! Key thing is that car parking is heavily restricted, there is very little on-street parking, most car parks are underground and there is no free car parking in town centres. Integrated thinking[…]

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Brian reports from Lake Balaton

Lake Balaton : cycling and tourism This story is part of our youReport series. Here is Brian, straight-in: I heard Hungary is second only to Denmark in the share of population relying on the bike as their main mode of transport… back in August, I saw Davva’s report on cycling culture in Budapest, and it made me think – how do other parts of Hungary compare? I was keen to find out when we visited Lake Balaton in September on a holiday. Balaton is the largest lake in Central Europe, and is often referred to as the ‘Hungarian Sea’. In[…]

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Bruce reports from Vancouver

Vancouver : reclaiming space for people This story is part of our youReport series. Vancouver is not listed in the Copenhagenize Index of bike-friendly cities – but we are almost certain that Vancouver is one of the cities that is seriously snapping at Montreal’s heels when Copenhagenize say “A number of North American cities are hovering just outside the Top 20 and they’re not going to wait for your lead.” Well, here’s Bruce McVean from Liveable London again. Last month he reported from Montreal in the East, now he’s taking a look at Vancouver on the West coast. There’s an[…]

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Katja reports from London

London : Royal College Street This story is part of our youReport series. There is no mention of not even one UK place in the Copenhagenize Index of cycle-friendly cities. This probably reflects that we are much behind the rest of the world when it comes to bike infrastructure and activism. Instead there are pockets of goodness it appears. I recently visited London for work purposes, and came across this new sparkling gem on Royal College Street, Camden, a stone-throw away North of Kings Cross. It replaces a two-way cycleway (which wasn’t bad in itself, mind you) with something quite[…]

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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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Campaign Meeting – let’s talk about space for cycling!!

Our September meeting saw Katja Leyendecker and Scott Dawson (who are they?) talk about the Strategic Cycle Routes (SCR), “how to move the shakers” (presentation slides below) and what it means on the ground by showing examples of road space re-allocation. The SCR concept is not new. It was Bill Dodds, then on the Newcycling management committee, who put the idea on the agenda two years ago: a network of seven radial routes connecting different parts of Newcastle to the city centre. These would be direct, convenient and safe cycle routes serving a range of destinations on their way: shops,[…]

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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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