Critical climate mass brings a sustainable protest to Brussels

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Hundreds of cyclists riding through Brussels to protest climate change

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Sustainable energy meets sustainable protest in Brussels as hundreds of cyclists called for action to limit the damages of climate change.

Brussels cyclists banded together Nov 18 to protest rising climate temperatures – in a two-wheeled protest that amplified the role cycling can have in a city’s responsible future.

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My Ahooga Christmas present

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Cyclist with her folding Ahooga bike on the Grand Place in Brussels

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Bright red has to be the ideal Christmas present colour

“I have always been on a bike. It is the fastest way to get around  in the city.  For my Christmas present, my husband bought me this folding electric bike. The battery is there and it is really light. Just 13kgs. We have a home with a long stairwell and this is easy to manage. For me, it is perfect.

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Fixies en route to the CMWC in Paris

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Two bicycle messengers from Australia in Brussels en route to Paris for the Cycle Messenger World Championships

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – The final miles to the CMWC in Paris.

“We are from Australia and strapping up to get ready for the international Cycle Messenger World Championships in Paris. We just did Amsterdam to here and we are going to Paris by bus. We had mates we were with originally, but it was a bit tiring for me as I have not done much long Continue reading

My daily cycling fears and frustrations as Mobility Week starts

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As Belgium rolls into Mobility Week, yet again there has been another push by a car-centric voice against bicycles in a debate in Antwerp, Belgium. Somehow complaints against cyclists are taboo. That cyclists flaunt traffic rules and society has to accept it because they are weak and defenceless against cars. Meanwhile, there is less and less safety for cyclists on the road as car drivers are learning, day after day, that they do not have to respect a cyclist, the cycling infrastructures, or the increasing presence of bicycles. Gimme a break… Read the blog rant Continue reading

The decision to do a bike tour was to act on a dream

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Touring cyclist from China

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Touring has always seemed a simple diversion for Europeans – not so easy for all.

“China is different to here. Parents are not open to travel. My mother was worried because I was travelling alone and had no food and nowhere to sleep and no money. When I was young I wanted to go and learn more things, meet more people, talk to more people and learn more about the world. I can get more experience and it is good for me. In China, most people only think about it they when they want to do something. But only a few people will do it. Many of my friends, when I post pictures on internet, they are very happy to see them.”