About Hans

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.

Hans was president of Bike Ottawa from 2010 to 2015, Ottawa’s Citizens for Safe Cycling advocacy group, founded in 1984.


Hans worked for the Netherlands embassy in Ottawa for 13 years but switched to Mobycon in the spring of 2017. He is known for his engagement in the community and received a number of awards for his volunteer work. His latest recognition was the Sovereign Medal for Volunteering, which he received from the Governor General in Canada. Earlier he received the City Builder Award from the Mayor of Ottawa and several other awards.

Speaking Engagements

Known for his passion and ‘engaging charm’ Hans has spoken numerous times about cycling and all it takes to get to a cycling culture on behalf of the Dutch embassy and Bike Ottawa and now for Mobycon and is available for your event. You can contact Hans below:





  1. Dear Hans,

    I work at the Embassy of Denmark, and would like to get in touch with you regarding an upcoming event.

    I hope to hear from you soon.


  2. as someone who is unable to drive motorized vehicles as a result of health issues, cycling provides me with a measure of freedom and transportation that often surpasses public transport in Ottawa. safety and accessability is always an issue. a mishap that many would weather just fine could turn out to be fatal for me.

    your blog caught my attention some time ago, and it was with real interest that I read the following article this morning.

    this may in fact be a way to address many of the problems presented by the ‘end the war on cars’ campaigners who drive, design and maintain roads for motorized vehicles as if they have an exclusive right to them and make them safer for all.

    thanks for the great posts.

    “Do busy roads put off cyclists with disabilities, women or older people? And if so, could local authorities be made to improve cycle infrastructure under equality legislation?”


  3. Hans! What a great man you sound like! I am so glad that I’ve discovered your blog. You truly are an inspiration. We can make it better for cyclists, one pedal push at a time. I look forward to reading your posts.

    • Thanks for the compliments. Advocacy is what you make of it. The pay off is meeting lots of wonderful people who care just as much as you about cycling/the world/community. Change doesn’t come quickly, but every time you nudge your plan a little further, you feel like you contributed something positive to the community.

      • I couldn’t agree more, Hans. It can feel futile at times and that ‘the machine’ (whether it be politics or planning in general) is bigger than you are, but you’re right – that is when you have to remind yourself that others feel the same way, and get involved. Slowly, things are changing, but goodness it can feel like a glacial process at times!

  4. Hi Hans,

    Would love to get you over to see the Main Street renewal proposal (dedicated bike lanes on both sides of the street!). I am sure your comments and hopefully support will help to make this a reality.

    Main Street Renewal Open House
    5:00 – 8:00 p.m., Saint Paul University, Normandin Room, Laframboise Hall, 249 Main Street.
    City will present options for the reconstruction of Main Street. The proposals that will be on display are the result of the city working with community, business and other representatives over the last eight months. Construction is scheduled to begin next year and will be completed in 2015.
    More info: http://www.ottawaeast.ca

    Thanks, I love your blog.
    Cindy (a dedicated local cyclist)

    • couldn’t make it as I was invited to come to Mississippi Mills already. However, we have been following this file for a long time with volunteers sitting in the meetings.

      Hopefully something good will come out of it. It is a great opportunity for the city to show commitment to active transportation.

  5. Hi Hans,
    You spoke in Waterloo a few weeks back and I asked a question about how I’d heard that in Holland the driver was presumed guilty until proven innocent in the netherlands. You said you’d never heard about this.

    Well today I came across an article and we both need a correction. In dutch civil cases the driver is presumed at fault in cycling incidents involving children.

    ‎”In the Netherlands, the driver is presumed to be at fault in all civil cases involving children.”


    I actually think this would be a great change to Canadian law and make drivers dread hitting a pedestrian / cyclist. In my town a year or two ago a cyclists was killed in a bike lane by a driver who had a suspended license, and was driving with a fraudulent license and he only got careless charge, akin to hitting a telephone pole. It’s what we cyclist have called the greatest car subsidy – http://waterloobikes.ca/2011/01/04/driving-subsidies/


    • Hi Graham: I don’t think I said I wasn’t aware of it, as I am, but I am not familar with the details, so I don’t want to state something in front of 130 people, if I can’t really back it up. I am pleased you forwarded this, so I can now confirm it at the next presentation.

  6. Hi!

    I work at EnviroCentre and am coordinating Bike to Work this year, which is taking place for the entire month of May. I was wondering if you were intersted in helping to promote commuter cycling, to your readership? I can send you ready to go text or I’d be happy to invite you to our events, if you wanted to cover them on the blog. Please let me know if there is anyway we could have a brief chat about it in the near future?

    Thanks and I love your site,

  7. Hi Dick,

    Thanks for your request. I recommend you put a press release out soon with text that we can use for our blog. We’d like to wait until your website is a bit more up to date.

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