Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Fourteen things I learnt in Amsterdam

Now that I'm back in Amsterdam it's an appropriate time to reflect on what I learnt from the previous trip in 2014.

1. It is possible to get doored in bicycle heaven.

2. There's a gazillion bike racks at the football stadium (are you paying attention Perth?).

3. The burgers are .... different.

4. They have a MAMIL. Although...he could have been a tourist.

5. Amsterdam library has the best lighting of any public building I've been in.

6. The Dutch know how to party.

7. Drinking beer and cake decorating seems to be a thing.

8. Pedestrians are at the bottom of the food chain.

9. They know how to do a detour.

10. The dogs are cute.

11. The Dutch all want to park next to the front door even when there's plenty of underground parking available (just like Australians except we use cars).

12. And there's this crazy red car that thinks it's a bike. It's always using the bike paths and squeezes into parking areas. The locals are very polite and pretend not to notice.

13. If someone is wearing hi-viz, they probably work like that.

14. I love the place.

Monday, 11 April 2016

City Soapbox - Day 5

The final of City Soapbox speaker series - Day 5

Rachel Pemberton
City of Fremantle councillor
"Cycleways to Create Communities"

Saturday, 2 April 2016

City Soapbox - Day 4

Continuing the City Soapbox speaker series - Day 4:

Oliver Laing
PhD candidate researching transport behaviour, culture and policy
"Cycling policy and why people in Perth think it's normal to drive 700m to the shops"

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

City Soapbox - Day 3

Continuing the City Soapbox speaker series - Day 3:

Andrew Wilkinson
Transport Economist and author of the Perth Cycle Ring
"The economic case for investing in safe bike infrastructure (but bring more than a can of paint)".

Saturday, 19 March 2016

City Soapbox - Day 2

Continuing the City Soapbox speaker series - Day 2: 

Heinrich Benz
Former CEO Bicycle Transport Alliance
"Cycling's dirty secret, what the rise of urban biking is really all about"

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

City Soapbox - Day 1

City Soapbox is a series of free lunchtime talks being held in Perth as part of Bike Week. Organised by the University of Western Australia Bicycle Club and held at the new Museum of Perth. The series features five different speakers over five days.

The theme "How bicycles can make our communities stronger, safer and more successful" will be approached from various viewpoints. Speakers will include transport planners, academics and local politicians.

Each talk runs for around thirty minutes and is followed by a short question-and-answer session.

Here is a video of day one: 

Matt Buckels
Transport planner and City of Vincent councillor
Bicycle transport and why councils can't afford to ignore it