Canta disability vehicle that rides alongside bikes

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Bicycle alongside a Canta mobility car, demonstrating the short length

©Barely Sandland/TIMB – A tiny mobility vehicle that shares Dutch bike paths.

Meet the Canta, a Dutch car that is allowed on the bicycle paths. And it is tiny. Classified as a mobility car for disabled people, it is just barely longer than my bike. Seated two and is just over one meter wide. Designed so the steering Continue reading

EU parliament temporary blockades endanger cyclists

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Cyclists passes concrete barriers placed across the bicycle path at the European Parliament

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Concrete barrier across a cycling path in aid of security for the visiting EU dignitaries – but not for the safety of cyclists.

Most Brussels cyclists have experienced the re-routing and delays that occur when the EU parliament has dignitaries visiting. We get shuffled through back streets and around buildings as police bar passage. But now the authorities are installing concrete blocks to bar cyclists temporarily – and then leaving the dangerous obstruction in place after the need passes.  Continue reading

Is the Jeremy Vine video a sea change by police or just an exception that proves the dire conditions of cycling in London and the UK?

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - On-bvoard cameras used by cyclists on their daily rides

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – The presence of on-board cameras used by cyclists on their daily rides has become one of the most influential aspects in forcing police and courts to change their attitude towards road rage and dangerous driving directed to cyclists.

What might be considered a “finally” moment in UK cycling, a woman found guilty of aggression towards a cyclists has been jailed for nine months. In one of the higher profile cases of aggression against a cyclist, British journalist Jeremy Vine recorded an exchange as he travelled down Continue reading

Eurostar’s vision of the future has little scope for cyclists

Eurostar anti-cycling policies

As of today, Eurostar is implementing new luggage policies for their refurbished fleet. Instead of seeing a future where bicycles are part of transport, they have made it increasingly difficult for cyclists to participate in the Eurostar potential. Instead of being a vision for the future, Eurostar has become a sanitised, travel-by-numbers organisation. Times are getting tougher for cyclists with Eurostar. Read on for the full rant.  Continue reading

Doing another city tour

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Man with his bike in Brussels

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Caught at one of the locations where you can get a good line of sight of the city, a Dutch bike and rider enjoying a decent, winter, sunny day.

“I brought my bike in Brussels with me because I am visiting my daughter who is working here. I am intending to look at Brussels on my bike a little bit. I like to do that. I do not do it only with Brussels but with other places. Like Paris, for instance. And that is why I have my bike with me.”

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So, you think your bike is heavy

©Barry Sandland/TIMB -Belgian postal worker on a bike.

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – The modern postal service. Not electric, these rolling weights are human powered. The stop and go movement must be exhausting, at least initially.

“I have a 14km route and I carry about 30 to 40kg of post every day. And the bike is heavy, made stronger. It is not going to break. It is not an easy job, but with every street, you get lighter.” Continue reading