Hans on the Bike 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. He is generally happy with progress, sometimes he’ll add a critical note and is convinced that Ottawa rivals Vancouver for its cycling opportunities. His blog can be found in the top 100 of favourite bicycle blogs in the world.
Hans also writes about some of his cycling and walking adventures in other places in the world, from Sudbury in Ontario to Sicily in southern Italy. Once in a while he adds a favourite recipe to his blog, mostly for himself so he can find it back.
From 2010 to 2015, Hans on the Bike was president of Bike Ottawa, Ottawa’s nor for profit, volunteer based safe cycling advocacy group, founded in 1984.
Hans has given numerous talks about cycling, from Halifax and Fredericton to Sudbury, Waterloo, Kingston and Regina, Calgary and Vancouver.
Hans worked for the Netherlands embassy in Ottawa for 13 years where he handled the cycling file as far back as 201o when the Dutch had not realised how advanced Dutch cycling infrastructure was yet.
He now does guided cycling tours for Escape Bicycle Tours and Rentals in downtown Ottawa, worked for OC Transpo as an ambassador, reads several bike counters for the NCC and is working on a series of bicycle network maps of the region.
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 knowledgeable, giving us lots of interesting information about Ottawa and Canadian history.
‘Laid back and engaging charm’
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. He is known for his engagement in the community and received a number of awards for his volunteer work. His most recent recognition was the Canadian Governor General’s Sovereign Medal for Volunteers (a real medal no less). Earlier he received the City Builder Award from the Mayor of Ottawa and several other awards. Ottawa’s mayor once tweeted that “Hans is more popular than I am“. While the tweet is true, one can take the content with a grain of salt.
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