Jeroen Verhoeven from Bici Klet collects and delivers beers from breweries in Brussels to custumers in Brussels centre with his cargo bike. In one interview he says he hardly gets paid for it. A pity that pedal powered services are (often) regarded as free or to be low paid.
I’m a staunch steel bike rider and a strong believer that a good bike starts with the right frame size. At the Eindhoven (Netherlands) based St. Joris Cycles they also do. And owner Alex de Kraker makes astonishing examples!
Velowland is an interesting Dutch company that produces minimalistic but mostly fast bikes that looks the part. Some of them, like the Woodalikes, are aluminium or carbon frames finished like if they ware made from wood. Others just show their metal splendor. Seen at Grand Playground in Lille (FR). A must have!
Lung cancer specialist Jean-Paul Sculier recently made a remarkable statement: ‘Make diesel twice as expensive’. The idea behind this? The use of diesel increases the change to get lung cancer with 20 to 50 % and this type of cancer is very hard to cure. Reason enough to get in rehab for our national addiction? And when will governments stop benefitting diesel? I can only hope change will come… Jean-Paul Sculier is related to the Jules Bordet Institute in Brussels and is current president of the European Lung Cancer Working Party.
The article ‘Call climate change what it is: violence‘ (translation in to Dutch can be found at De Correspondent) by Rebecca Solnit sums up what I often thought riding my bike (and of course takes the subject much further). For a start, on a daily basis ignoring the things one can do to prevent climate change is an act of violence. A must read…
Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh / Reuters