An Icy Trip into the Past

On the third Sunday of January, the increasingly popular atypical bike event L’Artica (The Arctic) was held in the Berici Hills in the north of Italy. Despite of being early season, despite of a freezing cold, 534 cyclists took the start in the town of Lonigo with bikes often older than the riders itself. L’Artica is a non-competitive cyclosportive for classic bikes. In Italy alone, there are … Continue reading An Icy Trip into the Past

A Roman fort hidden behind the trees

Along one of those magnificent Slovenian roads for a bike ride stands an ancient Roman fort. It can easily be reached by bike, but not many of the cyclists who pass here stop. Not many even know of the existence of this piece of Slovenian heritage. Fort Lanišče had a long history but deserves a better future. Slovenian road 621 is a quiet road and a … Continue reading A Roman fort hidden behind the trees

How more Slovenians get hooked on the bike

There are no statistics backing it up, but cycling is undoubtedly the fastest growing sports activity in Slovenia. Every spring there appear more Slovenians on the road riding a bike. This fact is supported by increasing bike sales and the arrival of new bike shops in the last five years. In Slovenia more bikes are sold per capita than in any other European country. Because people … Continue reading How more Slovenians get hooked on the bike

Ljubljana in one hour by shared Bicikelj bike

Bike sharing for sightseeing The start of Cycling Festival Europe was also the start of four new thematic cycling routes through Ljubljana and the campaign Cycle2Heritage, both initiatives to let people discover the city by bike. No better way to discover a city than by bike, especially Ljubljana. It takes just one hour to visit most major sights of the Slovenian capital. And you can get … Continue reading Ljubljana in one hour by shared Bicikelj bike

Safety is a feeling – Tips for safe cycling

scroll down for my tips for safe cycling How safe is Slovenia as a cycling country? It is an impossible question to answer. Is the increase of accidents with cyclists a safety issue or is it just due to the fact that every year more Slovenians start to ride a bike? The number of deadly accidents is so low (not surprising for a country with only two … Continue reading Safety is a feeling – Tips for safe cycling

Dutch bicycle network applied in Radovljica

In the municipality of Radovljica you can see how Dutch cycling infrastructure can be an example and inspiration for Slovenia. The Dutch cycle junction network is a best practice applied in the Slovenian mountains. In a junction network you don’f follow the place names on the road signs but you follow numbers as each signpost on the junctions is numbered. So in stead of memorizing … Continue reading Dutch bicycle network applied in Radovljica

The proof; bike beats car

There are currently 227 teams with Slovenian employees riding a bike to work for the Bring Happiness to Work Pripelji sreco v sluzbo bike campaign. This campaign is supported by the Embassy of the Netherlands in Slovenia and is part of Cycling Festival Europe. Although the cycling infrastructure in Ljubljana is far from ideal, the bike is in many cases the best means of transport to work. … Continue reading The proof; bike beats car