In May 2011 Paul van Bellen from Dutch city bike importers Gazelle Bicycles Australia will lead 30 Australian cycling thinkers over a 500km, 13 day tour in The Netherlands, the world’s most cycle friendly country.
Filmmakers Rowena Crowe and Paulo Alberton will follow and record van Bellen’s tour as his team studies innovations and attitudes in cycling. Rowena and Paulo will be detailing their trip at www.cyclingdutchstyle.com.au and developing a documentary about the journey at the end.
Rowena and Paul are currently raising money to enable them to participate on the tour and create content for both the website and documentary. You can contribute funds via their IndieGoGo site as well as help spread the word using social networks.
Here’s a video about with Paul introducing the reasons for the tour and what we can learn from the Dutch.
If you want any evidence that it’s possible to cycle and look good at the same time, go no further than what editor-in-chief of Conde Nast magazine ‘Self’ has to say about her cycling wear.
New York-based Lucy Danziger says helmets actually help you hair because you keep it in place, and she rides in pencil-thin Vince pants, a Tory Burch jacket, a Tory Burch sweater and pretty necklaces. It makes her feel dressy and cool. We agree!
As many of you know, Queensland has recently suffered some the worse flooding in decades. People have lost their homes, their livelihoods and even their lives.
I spent the majority of my childhood in Brisbane and many of the areas that suffered the worse flooding were places that I grew up in – the local shops, the university, the places where I used to hang out. The areas of devastation are all too familiar.
We like businesses that actively promote themselves as being ‘bike friendly’. We particularly like businesses that promote themselves as ‘friendly, bike-friendly’ places – such as the Friendly Bike Guest House in Portland, Oregon.
It’s not just a guest house with bike-inspired art on the walls. Guests are able to access the secure indoor bike parking and a basement area with a mechanic stand and bike tools, as well as complimentary bike shipping boxes, packing materials and local bike and transit information.
We hope someone will do something similar in Australia soon!
This great promotional video shows how the residents of Amsterdam, of all ages, sizes and professions, use their bikes to get around their home town. Mothers, businessmen, young couples – they all say ‘This is Amsterdam….and this is my bike.’
Italian design studio Ciszak Dalmas created this bicycle clothing cart for Spanish label Raasta’s Lungi collection. The Lungi collection encouraged artisans and communities to continue their age-old crafts by sourcing lungis, a traditional Tamil Nadu 2 meters long fabric from South India.
Anne of Green Gables was my childhood hero and I still occasionally dig out LM Montgomery’s series to read over a cup of tea and a biscuit.
When I saw this picture by Mikael Wardhana, it immediately reminded me of Anne’s dream to one day own a dress with puffed sleeves.
“Oh, I AM grateful,” protested Anne. “But I’d be ever so much gratefuller if–if you’d made just one of them with puffed sleeves. Puffed sleeves are so fashionable now. It would give me such a thrill, Marilla, just to wear a dress with puffed sleeves.”
B-Line, a company based in Portland, Oregon, demonstrates the kind of loads that is possible to deliver on a bicycle (or in this case, tricycle). Their tricycles are faster, cleaner and cheaper than conventional trucks and the ubiquitous white van and still with over 55 cubic feet and 600-pound capacity.
Here’s a video from Franklin Jones, the founder of B-Line, and includes interviews with B-Line customers who explain why they choose to use bikes for local deliveries. Not to forget that being able to make more deliveries, faster, in groovy trucks which feature advertising, means better profits for B-Line.
Marre first caught our eye thanks to the high-high-high heels she was wearing. Then *gasp* that beautiful figure-hugging dress. And finally, her stylishly decorated bike.
We were not at all surprised when we discovered that Marre is originally from Amsterdam and has been living in Melbourne for the past two years. She explained that back in Holland, everyone decorated their bikes and of course everyone wears their (stylish) everyday clothes on their rides. Thanks Marre for bringing some Dutch style to Melbourne!