Hans lives in Ottawa and enjoys life in the National Capital Region of Canada. He writes mostly about cycling in the region: experiences, cycling infrastructure improvements and events. Mostly Hans is happy with progress, sometimes he’ll add a critical note. As he grew up in the Netherlands, he visits this country frequently and follows cycling news from the Netherlands too.
From 2010 to 2015, Hans was president of Bike Ottawa, Ottawa’s nor for profit, volunteer based safe cycling advocacy group, founded in 1984.
Our 2 hour bike tour with Hans was one of the highlights of our 6 day trip. Hans was an excellent tour guide. He was extremely friendly and very knowledgable, giving us lots of interesting information about Ottawa and Canadian history.
He is known for his engagement in the community and received a number of awards for his volunteer work. His latest recognition was the Governor General’s Sovereign Medal for Volunteers. Earlier he received the City Builder Award from the Mayor of Ottawa and several other awards.
Known for his passion and his ‘laid back and engaging charm’ Hans has spoken numerous times and across Canada about cycling and all it takes to get to a cycling culture. You can contact Hans below: