1. Shopping by bicycle or by car? The Netherlands vs Australia

    The first friend I made in Australia was Paul van Bellen. He’s one of the most educated and passionate cycling advocates in Australia, and the friendliest guy. He made this brilliant video when he went to the Netherlands a few weeks ago. It says everything.

    Proud to be your friend Paul!

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  3. Like father… like kiddo.

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  5. Sheer skirts, patterns, fitted dresses, bicycle baskets, bright and colorful… Love these three girls’ style. How chic is the banana dress??

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  7. Watch this biker! 13 months old - and he’s been riding since he was 6 months. Spotted at the Manly Bike Life Festival earlier today. More great bicycle riders and bicycles from this festival are coming up soon!

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  9. 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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    Enjoy this awesomely informative little video by Tim Goldby (from The Bicycle Channel). He recorded his commute by bicycle from the Melbourne suburb of Essendon to the CBD, and added up the cars he overtook/subtracting the ones passing him.

    Guess how many cars he beat? Press play and find out… (Warning: you might end up with a big smile on your face, I did.)

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  15. Free Spirit.

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    Dear Australian driver, who pulled down your windscreen and yelled "Get out of the way!!" while I was on my way to work this morning:

    I’m just writing to deeply apologize… for giving you the finger. Seriously, that was very immature of me, and I don’t know why I did that…(!!)

    I’ve been riding this road for several weeks, and no other driver has ever showed bad behavior as you did to me, not even the slightest. Contrary, we all try to do our best in traffic, and it’s been going great so far. It’s an amazingly beautiful commute that I do almost every day. When you and I met this morning, the road was empty of cars and I kept a little to the left, so you could easily overtake me if you wanted. So I was very surprised and chocked of your manners. 

    After some thinking, I realised you must be one of those people who has a massive aura of negativity around you and get annoyed with things that no one else cares about. Your life must really suck because of this. You might have had a really bad morning - but you seem to be the only one during my commutes so far who takes it out on other people in traffic. You might be one of those people who drives a shiny car, but lacks everything else. Like love and happiness. Which make me feel really sorry for you. 

    And I figured there must be something severely wrong with you and/or your life, when you didn’t stop at the STOP sign either (STOP means “stop”). I guess that’s what really upset me and made me act like a baby. It scared me that someone like you drive around on our streets without following the simplest of rules. (Perhaps you ignored this important rule as you realised that if you’d stop, I’d end up right next to you. But seriously, I’m not dangerous, and you’re an adult who should be able to stand up for yourself, right?)

    Anyhow, despite your illegal, rude and dangerous manners, I shoudn’t have responded the way I did! Giving you the finger probably won’t give back your hope for humanity, and it certainly doesn’t makes you a happier person or a more respectful driver. I guess it is true what they say, that people’s bad energy and behavour is contagious: you really brought out the worst in me. Which is actually quite amazing that you did, because nothing bring me such joy (regarding how my mornings are) as choosing to ride to work by bike. Perhaps you should try it sometime.

    Anyhow. Next time you pull down your window and yell at me, I’ll promise that I’ll give you a big smile and a friendly waive, perhaps a lollie too. You if anyone really needs it. 

    Once again, I’m really sorry.

    Kind regards,

    Elin xx


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