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Activist Profile: Fietsersbond

In the spring of 2010 I had the pleasure of interviewing Govert de With from the Fietsersbond (Cyclist’s Union) Amsterdam. The Cyclist’s Union is a nation-wide bicycle advocacy organization in the Netherlands which got its start in the mid 70’s (if I’m reading my notes from almost three years ago correctly), growing out of the car-free Sundays which were mandated during the oil crisis. According to their website there are currently about 35,000 members nation-wide and, at the time of my interview, about 4,500 in Amsterdam. Member recruiting is taken care of by the national office using Continue reading

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Heated Bicycle Paths

An engineering firm in the Netherlands is currently working on a method for heating bicycle paths in winter so that they remain free of snow and ridable. The municipalities of Zutphen and Utrecht, among others, are considering building such paths in the future.

The first test run of an environmentally friendly means of heating a bicycle path using ground water was Continue reading