8 posts tagged Netherlands

Martha Roskowski, the Green Lane Project

Are you creating new bike infrastructure for the one percent? That's what most cities do as they begin to move from planning to implementation. To get more people out of their cars and riding bikes, you've gotta build the right infrastructure. If Memphis can do it, certainly it can be done in your home town. That's the goal of the Green Lane Project which Martha Roskowski runs — showing the world how to build safer bike infrastructure. The Green Lane Project is part of People ... Continue Reading

Dutch Dames

If a city has the safe infrastructure, does that necessarily lead to bringing out more women on bikes? Because there's little off-road routes here in Southern California, is that why there are so few women pedaling to work? Is there a correlation? I had to see for myself. Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Netherlands sent me an email invite to an entrepreneur event they were hosting. Would I attend as one of the Champions for their 'Get In The Ring' contest? I always play a little hard to ... Continue Reading

Tom Godefrooij, Dutch Cycling Embassy

Stephanie Noll at Oregon's BTA referred me; I'd be in the Netherlands for a week and I was eager to interview local advocates. Her introduction opened the door for me to meet with Tom Godefrooij at the Dutch Cycling Embassy in Utrecht – all I had to do was get to Utrecht, but that turned out to be quite straightforward. Train service from Rotterdam was easy, something I'm not used to coming from Southern California where there's so little public transportation. Turns out my observati... Continue Reading

Culture Clash

The basket looks like it weighs more than the road bike I was ogling this morning. Since then I've been suffering a bad case of culture clash. Let me explain. In 8 days in the Netherlands last week I saw 10,000 bikes, but only 3 road bikes and no carbon fiber beauties like the one I was hefting at 10am this morning at the mid point of the Pre-Thanksgiving Ride. John lured us into Out-Spoke-N in Sunset Beach; I went of my own free will. The siren song of the carbon fiber bikes we found ... Continue Reading

Saturday Errands

It warmed up a little late this afternoon in Amsterdam; that's what a light rain can do. The city is jammed with tourists of all types. Because I'm alone I especially notice all the couples, but the locals are out and about, too. Like at home, people are running errands; the shops are busy. Likewise the coffee shops where it's legal to smoke pot. Walking around I get a whiff and it takes me back to my college days. The innermost streets are blocked to cars; it's one more way the Dutch ... Continue Reading

Amsterdam at Dusk

A new friend took the train in to spend the day with me; Rene Reijtenbagh administers an angel group. He's an entrepreneur, an investor and we're both raising two boys, too, so we have lots in common. We walked and talked and when my feet got sore, Rene waited patiently while I tried on a new pair. I've bought and discarded two pairs on this trip. Feet of glass, I tell everyone. Now that I'm in a pair of Nike's and out of the dress shoes I'm faring better. We stopped at a hotel restaurant ... Continue Reading

My Morning in Utrecht

Nice windows and notice the utilitarian bicycles parked everywhere – the Dutch use their bikes for everyday transportation, like taking their children to school and shopping for groceries, so the bike must be durable, with fenders. Bikes Belong's Zach Vanderkooy gave me the referral; when Jeff Miller also named Tom Godefrooij, I knew I had a good interview subject. Making contact with Tom was easy enough, all I had to do was get myself to Utrecht from Rotterdam and back in time for a big ... Continue Reading

Rotterdam, Day 1

The flight over was a breeze, only 9.5 hours. Still it was hard to sleep and I had too much time for mind-racing thoughts. I'm in the Netherlands to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week. There's a big entrepreneur event at Erasmus University Wednesday night; 8 teams with brilliant ideas have made it to the finals. I'm a judge. I've been reading their business plans and making notes; I hope to make pithy and sarcastic comments while encouraging them to persevere no matter what. These are ... Continue Reading