1. PLÖTSLIGT HÄNDER DET, PT 2: Another glimpse of Dutch styled inspired cycling in Stockholm! (Why I say ‘inspired’ is that a friend catching a ride in Holland often has their legs on one side, and kids in Holland very rarely wear helmets.)

    Positive? Provocative? Inspiring? What do you say?

     
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  3. PLÖTSLIGT HÄNDER DET

     
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  5. Parents on bikes are the best parents.

     
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  7. Recently I’ve been engaged in the planning of a Better Block project in Randwick, Sydney. The very first meeting was held last week, a bunch of people got together to discuss how they could change a local a street - to make it greener, safer, and more human. (Dogs were welcome, too.)

    It truly inspiring to see how much enthusiasm and creativity there is amongst the community to improve the environment that’s right outside our front doors. The “Better Block” concept is about making a street more liveable for a day, to show what our streets can look like if they were less car centered. It has so far been done in over 40 places in the States. And it’s all a community initiative. This will be the first one in Sydney. (Get involved if you like, and read more about it here!)

    As you may guess, I’m mainly involved in the cycling group and in the visuals/graphic design.
    Have a look and get inspired by this short film I made of the first meeting: 

    Sweden is decades ahead of the US and Australia when it comes to planning for pedestrians, people on bicycles and slowing down motorized traffic. But there’s still a lot to do. We are ridiculously way behind our nearest neighbour Denmark, which doesn’t make sense at all. And many cities around the world will surely overtake us in the near future if we don’t keep moving. 

    Imagine if we had a “Better Block” day in Stockholm too. Which street would you like to change and what would you like it to look like? Instead of waiting for Stockholm council to actually start walk the walk… maybe we should get the community together and show the great alternative? 

    Still not sure it’s possible? Hear the background about Better Blocks in this TED talk, and get a hell of a boost:

    (He speaks reaally fast :)

     
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  9. Let me introduce you… to the Lean Green Ais Kacang Machine - a dessert making cargo bicycle. You might have seen this couple roll the streets of Stockholm in summertime, producing icy, cooling asian dessert. Read more about it, and ask them what it taste like on their Facebook page.

    Yum!

     
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  11.  Summer. Love. Bikes.

     
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  13. Oh the streets of Stockholm…

     
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  15. $$ Cycling sells $$. Countless stores are doing the “bicycle trick” nowadays, decorating shopping windows or entrances with a bike or two. Nothing draws attention like a pretty bike. Like this one, on a traffic island at Götgatan in Stockholm, Sweden. 

     
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  17. Is there room for cars in a city?

    Last week members from The Swedish Parliament’s Bicycle Network met up in Stockholm to discuss the current traffic situation and the future of cycling. They started off with a guided tour with Krister Isaksson, former cycling planner in the city and continued the meeting in the evening sun at Skeppsholmen. I was there to take photos, here are some of them. And here’s Isaksson’s blog post about the event (in Swedish).  

     
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  19. AN AD FROM STOCKHOLM SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS

    "My colleagues thought I was crazy. But ultimately they absolutely respect it because they would turn up to work all angry, being stuck in the car"

    Stockholm School of Economics made this nice film about one of their students, Andrew. I totally agree with him that curiosity and questioning drive humanity forward. And what boost your thinking better than cycling? Many brainy and creative people have boosted their creativity by riding bikes. Siri DerkertAlbert Einstein and The Wright Brothers for example, came up with some of their greatest ideas while cycling. And I actually know what kind of awesome business idea Andrew’s got in mind..! Stay tuned.

    P.S: Crazy is the new smart (and not even that crazy anymore).

     
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