ECF launches master plan for EU cycling strategy

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Mark Frequin, the Dutch Director-General for Transport and Mobility inside the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, on the extreme left.

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – The ECF launched its strategy document for the EU to create a greater cycling environment.

The European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) launched their European Union Cycling Strategy document yesterday at the ‘Big Bike Event’. A bevy of cycling fanatics met at the offices of the Dutch Permanent Representation to the EU, with the Continue reading

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GALLERY: World Naked Bike Ride, Brussels, 2017

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Man in an electric wheelchair at the World Nude Bike Ride in Brussels

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Nude advocacy and the expanded participation of vulnerable users.

World Naked Bike Ride in Brussels was June 21, and had over 200 people riding. The ride is a humorous effort to raise awareness of cyclists – but was emphasised this year with the serious accident involving a cyclists at an intersection, Rond Louise, the day before, and just a few hundred meters away.  Continue reading

Ride In Peace street art in Paris celebrates, and warns, cyclists

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Art mural of broken bicycle on Paris wall by Rest In Peace

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – One of over 60 mounted bicycles across Paris.

A nice play on words, given the (rest in) pieces that adorn the walls. I found this suddenly, and then started seeing more and more as the bikes zigzagged the city. There are more images on the Ride In Peace, Paris Facebook page. The project began in November 2013 and now numbers some 60 unique wall mounts across the various arrondissements, celebrating the presence of bikes in the city as well as a warning to the hazards faced. It is well worth the city exploration by finding a few addresses and going off in search.
Each one shares the common characteristic of the broken frame and wheel, as  both amputated and involved in a  serious collision. As much as it catches your eye, it reminds you of how violent life on a bicycle can be.
There are over 200 images posted to the @rideinpeace Instagram account, if you are looking for direction.
Frankly, I am jealous that this is only in Paris. It deserves a wider territory for cyclists to enjoy.

As the bicycle celebrates 200 years, my birthday interchange with police is less enjoyable

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Vehicle gate barrier in the pedestrian zone of downtown Brussels.

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – The road barrier a cyclist on my route, where police simply through the barriers into the path of oncoming cyclists.

As the bicycle celebrated its 200th birthday yesterday, I had yet another run in with (motorised) police in Brussels and their disregard for cyclists. Riding (slowly) through the predestrianised city centre, where cycling advocacy groups have just graffitied the asphalt with Bike Brussels stencils to encourage even more cyclists to the area, I rode up on a  police car.

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