Ask someone from Amsterdam about the dutch biking culture and they won’t understand your question. “Biking is not a culture but just the best way to get around in Amsterdam, that’s not so special right?” Well, outsiders visiting Amsterdam think it is quite special.
Steven Fleming – author of the book ‘Cycle Space: Architecture and Urban Design in the Age of the Bicycle’, came all the way from Australia to talk with us about our biking culture in contrast with other cities. Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th he’ll be speaking in Nijmegen at the Cargobike festival. Cycle space features portraits of eight major cities and their respective cycling cultures: New York, Chicago, Portland, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Budapest, São Paolo, Singapore and Sydney. From death-defying bike messengers to hipsters with a taste for cycle chic to commuters simply riding to work, cycling is now being viewed as more than just an alternative: it’s practical; it’s cool; it’s green.
Together with Lucas Harms and Marco te Brömmelstroet from the University of Amsterdam we will go deeper into the subject of biking. With their research in the field of biking they gathered new interesting insights for policymakers and other people interested.
Pete Jordan, author of the book ‘In the City of Bikes: The Story of the Amsterdam Cyclist’, will talk with us some more about the history of biking in Amsterdam. Part personal memoir, part history of cycling, part fascinating street-level tour of Amsterdam, In the City of Bikes is the story of a man who loves bikes in a city that loves bikes.
Marc van Woudenberg, the man behind Amsterdamize will fit in perfectly between all of these bike experts. He will help us to not only exchange nice images of the city but also some ideas to get ahead in biking cultures.