Wheeling Towards Sustainability: Exploring The World’s Top Bicycle-Friendly Cities

Everyone knows that Amsterdam is the number one place to cycle, but you don’t have to travel all the way to the Netherlands to get on your two wheels. In these bicycle-friendly cities, cycling is more than just a means of transportation; it’s a way of life that promotes eco-conscious living. These urban areas have demonstrated that investing in cycling infrastructure not only reduces carbon emissions but also creates healthier and happier communities. By choosing bicycles over cars, residents of these cities are not only helping the environment but also reaping the many personal benefits of cycling.

The Cycle Touring Festival 2023: Next weekend!

The 2023 ‘in-person’ (as opposed to online) Cycle Touring Festival is only a week away! Taking place in Clitheroe and now in its 9th year, it will gather together the cycle touring community (or a small part of it) at Waddow Hall for two days of talks, discussions and kit comparison. All washed down with good food and beer. I have nothing to say this year and am not speaking (although I am leading the discussion on ‘France’ which will hopefully have more input from the audience than from me).

20 Is Indeed Plenty… Although Some (Men) Might Take Persuading

Today sees the introduction of a principality-wide 20 mph speed limit in urban areas in Wales. What a grest idea! I live in an area – Calderdale in West Yorkshire – where 20 mph zones have been introduced gradually over the past few years and whenever I drive through one, I respect it, sticking to 20 mph. It’s not difficult. I don’t spend any more time looking at my speedometer compared to when I’m driving along a 30, 40 etc… mph road. I’ve never been late for an appointment or work by sticking to 20 mph. I don’t rev my engine excessively. When I’m cycling, I stick to the limit, even when heading down the nearby hill. My life is only affected in positive ways by my local 20 mph zones. I’m a more relaxed driver and, when I walk or cycle along the roads, I feel that the traffic has been calmed, to some extent at least.

The Cycling Europe Podcast: Episode 075 – Craig Fee – Cycling Into The Unknown

In 2017, novice long-distance cyclist Craig Fee set off on a continental odyssey to cycle from London to his friend’s wedding in Florence, Italy. But had he bitten off more than he could chew? In his new book, Cycling Into The Unknown, he tells the story of the journey and in this episode of the podcast, he reflects upon the experience of setting off on a make-it-up-as-you-go cycle across Europe…

Episode 075: Craig Fee – Cycling Into The Unknown

In 2017, novice long-distance cyclist Craig Fee set off on a continental odyssey to cycle from London to his friend’s wedding in Florence, Italy. But had he bitten off more than he could chew? In his new book, Cycling Into The Unknown, he tells the story of the journey and in this episode of the podcast, he reflects upon the experience of setting off on a make-it-up-as-you-go cycle across Europe…

Celebrity Race Across The World: Sound Familiar?

Eight years after I cycled from the southernmost point of Europe at Tarifa in southern Spain to the continent’s northernmost point at Nordkapp in Norway, it seems a group of celebrities are following along a similar route. Kind of. Admittedly they are not cycling, they are not starting at Tarifa and not finishing at Nordkapp and following a very different route but let’s not quibble… They are still going to be crossing the continent from bottom to top, almost. Their journey will start in Morocco and will finish short of the northernmost point at Tromsø in Norway (why not go all the way to Nordkapp?) It will be interesting to watch.