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

Slovenia and the bike unfriendly bike path

The big difference between Dutch and Slovenian cycling infrastructure is not that there is much more cycling infrastructure in the Netherlands. The difference is a fundamental one, Dutch cycling infrastructure is made for cyclists, Slovenian cycling infrastructure is made for motorists. While in the Netherlands bike paths are meant to give cyclists a faster and safer journey, in Slovenia the goal seems to be to get … Continue reading Slovenia and the bike unfriendly bike path

Lessons from Holland

In the last week of April I visited the Netherlands with a group of tourists from Slovenia for a bike tour around Amsterdam. We rode bikes between Amsterdam, Leiden, Haarlem and Volendam, the part of the Netherlands we can really call Holland. It was a good opportunity to see how strangers react on Dutch cycling infrastructure. What strikes a Slovenian on the bike in Holland? Does everyone … Continue reading Lessons from Holland