Virtually everyone cycles in the Netherlands is the impressions we have in North America. But why? We'll soon find out.

Mobycon presents: “Why We Cycle”- May 10, 2018 at Happy Goat in Hintonburg

April 25, 2018 Hansonthebike 0

Mobycon presents: “Why we Cycle” Last year, filmmakers Gertjan Hulster (1972) and Arne Gielen (1978) put together a wonderful movie about cycling in the Netherlands. The filmmakers take us on a one hour tour through Dutch cities and the countryside, while interviewing a number of academics and regular citizens asking them why the Dutch cycle. Ottawa based Mobycon presents the [Read more…]

The Dutch railways conductor was waiting with my backpack in the back of the train

The incredible service of the Dutch railways to return my backpack within three hours

April 24, 2018 Hansonthebike 2

Last Saturday I took the train of the Dutch Railways (NS) from a small town north of Leiden to Aardenhout south of Haarlem. It is only a 13 minute ride, including a stop in Hillegom, centre of the Dutch flowerbulb industry. The flowers are currently in full bloom and the waft of Hyacints is all over, outside of the small [Read more…]

Drop the pin from the bottom left to the location you want a ring-and-post

Ring-and-Post to appear at Ottawa Bus Stops

April 10, 2018 Hansonthebike 0

It is still fairly new for Ottawa, but I see gradual changes coming: cycling to a bus stop or a transport hub. I have been a fan of this concept for a long time, naturally because I have been exposed to it in the Netherlands for many years. The large bike parking systems in the Netherlands you read about regularly [Read more…]

The downside of el cheapo free bike lights

March 20, 2018 Hansonthebike 0

Bike Ottawa, Safer Roads Ottawa and others have been handing out free bike lights for many years now. As I often volunteer, somehow I always end up with yet another set of lights. I am using the lights myself, or hand them out to visitors who arrived by bike and forgot to bring a light. The lights last about a [Read more…]

A weekend in rural Quebec

March 15, 2018 Hansonthebike 0

Last weekend we visited a friend’s cottage near Chèneville, roughly 60 km north of Montebello. We took the quiet back roads from Buckingham via Mayo to stop in a small ski area near Ripon, the Parc des Montagnes Noires. It is not a big area, but there are a few kilometers of cross country ski trails with a few small [Read more…]

A complete separate pathway s the right solution for Maitland

The Maitland Overpass: the cycling issue with on ramps and slip lanes

March 6, 2018 Hansonthebike 5

Last week I spent some time at the Maitland overpass open house at the most unknown arena in Ottawa, the J. Alph Dulude arena. When you Google his name, nothing but arena results come up, plus 48 restaurants ‘near JA Dulude arena’. So if you know more, let me know. Update: Christopher send me this information when I put this [Read more…]

Parkway in Gatineau Park

Gatineau Park: Winter Paradise in Ottawa’s Back Yard Captured on Mapillary

February 27, 2018 Hansonthebike 3

The title of this post is a bit unfair, because Gatineau Park really is in the province of Quebec and Ottawa isn’t. It is managed by the National Capital Commission, which also manages the Greenbelt and the Rideau Canal Skateway to name but a few of the many properties they look after. But hey, in a globally connected world, in [Read more…]

What to do With the Double Bass on the LRT?

February 19, 2018 Hansonthebike 4

City staff last week recommended that no bicycle should be allowed on the new LRT during the peak transit hours. The rush hour has been defined as 6-9 am and 3-6 pm. I find that a pretty broad definition of rush hour. It boils down to 50% of the time people travel to and from work (6-6). Yes the public [Read more…]

Shilly-Shally cabin in Gatineau Park

Easy Deep Dish Vegetable Pie for Those Snowy Winter Days

February 14, 2018 Hansonthebike 1

I am always on the lookout for easy recipes. I don’t mind cooking, but I am more of an all-in-one-pan type of person than four pots on the fire at the same time. As we are only with the two of us, I generally cook for two nights at once. Minimum. A really easy dish that covers at least two [Read more…]

Book image Yellow bicycle

Children’s Book “The Yellow Bicycle” Looking for Crowdfunding

January 24, 2018 Hansonthebike 0

Last November I went to the ACT Conference in Mississauga, Ontario. At one of the break-out sessions, I listened to a Pecha Kucha series (I did one too) and listened to Luis Patricio from London, ON. He gave a very entertaining talk about the installation of Ecocounter bike counters. Luis is originally from Brazil. Before Luis came to Canada, he [Read more…]