In the world of universities, it’s a tradition that Nobel Prize winners get their own parking spot. When the Dutch professor Ben Feringa won the Nobel Price for chemistry in 2016, there was a slight problem. He uses a bike to travel to work. The university of Groningen solved this problem rather elegant… In an interview he also stated that his best ideas come to mind when he’s peddling to work.
The other day I came across Cyclo Atelier, a social economy enterprise that promotes cycling and cycling culture in Brussels. It’s a place where you can get work experience, learn more about your bike, get your daily companion repaired or buy a decent, affordable and durable second hand bike.
The city of Hangzhou (China) looked for an awnser to the exhausts from combustion engines. In 2008 the solution came in a 24 000 000 dollar bike share program. 86 000+ public bikes seems like a good idea. Helas, the users didn’t care and didn’t bring them back to one of the 3000 docking stations. After a while the bikes were in a really bad shape and there’s no money to repair them. The city got covered in bikes and the police had to pick up more and more bikes because of complaints. The result: 16 graveyards for thousants of bikes around the city.
Alert users of the Antwerp Velo-bikes taught this driver a lesson in car parking…
Bikes and coffee. One often a good indicator of the other and one of my all time favorites. In Brussels I came across this green bike of PermaFungi. The guy riding it explained they grow mushrooms on coffee grounds in the city itself. Collecting (30 000 kg of coffee grounds) and delivering (6 000 kg of mushrooms) are solely done by bike.
The Flemish newspaper De Standaard asked readers to send in their best and worst experiences while biking. All pictures – some of the surreal – can be found here.
The Fietsbieb (Bike Library) is a new initiative in several Flemish cities where families can borrow bikes for children under 12 for one year. A yearly subscription costs 20 EUR, a warrant for every bike in loan is also 20 EUR. When your child outgrows a bike you trade it in for a bigger one. Loan administration and repairs are done by volunteers…