Time to register for 30 Days of Biking in April



An annual event, 30 Days of Biking, opens registration today. An international initiative that allows riders to simply promise to ride every day for the month of April. No distance required. Just ride every day. If you miss a day, OK. Just ride the next day. It its an effort to get people onto their bikes and try som,thing new, expand their Continue reading

Keeping the roadworthy in your bike

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Villo bikes and street collection in Brussels

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Just sitting there, doing nothing, and the mechanics must come.

Villo, with the winter trade, is coming. In all the recent rain, I have been adding oil to the chain and gears, cleaning the frame and brake surfaces, trying to keep the bike roadworthy as winter comes. And then I think about Villo bikes. Exposed to Continue reading

The constant incentives to use VilloVelo

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Student with VilloVelo bik station

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – VilloVelo programs are adding more incentives to use their bikes.

“The Villo is cheap enough. I study here and  the Villo costs 33 Euros for a one year subscription, and that is fine. You get to use it for 30 minutes at no charge. But you can also collect bonus points. I have several hundred already. And that is how many minutes I can exceed the half an hour.

“I think the bikes are reliable. Sometimes you do find a bike where the seat is loose or the gears are loose, but you just take another bike. What can be annoying is that some stations are full while others are empty, which means sometimes you have no bike, or you have no space to put the bike.  This space is normally full. But there is a mobile app that allows you to check what statins are full or empty.

“I will buy a bike, but right now I see no reason to.”

Dog walks man at COP21 climate march

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Man walking his dog at the COP21 march in Ostende

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Leading the parade…

COP21 Paris march in Ostende – Protests have been an essential element in the gains being found in Paris. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world have raised their voices, increased pressure on politicians, raised awareness amongst their communities. .. And a man with a bike and a dog works for me. Continue reading

The great, powerful – and essential – student bike sale

Barry Sandland/TIMB - Student walking past second hand bike market sign with his new bike

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Steadily, over a few hours, about 100 bikes left the market to be with their new owners.

I came across a second-hand bike sale in the heart of Brussels this week. The student union organisation, Brik, that focuses on Flemish-speaking students, coordinated a massive bike market in an effort to get more students on bikes in Brussels. Over the next few days, we will feature the market and the surrounding events. Continue reading