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Riding for Erasmus

Riding for Erasmus

A dozen sturdy bikes whirr past on the sun-scorched path that weaves through the floodplains forest of the Lobau, just east of Vienna. The group say they are a “moving megaphone” for a more integrated Europe. Sprouting from the luggage-carriers above their rear wheels, the bikes sport small flags that wag in the wind, giving […]

Careful What You Wish For

Careful What You Wish For

Maria Vassilakou and Vienna’s Green party have not been everybody’s darling when it comes to pedestrianizing Europe’s longest shopping street. Mariahilferstraße’s makeover has been severely criticised, both in the media and on Facebook, prompting uproar about disappearing parking spaces, unruly cyclists and a controversial 13A bus lane (see “Multi-tasking Mariahilfer” Brief , p.4). Wary pedestrians […]

Mentoring Cycling’s Future

Mentoring Cycling’s Future

For the first time in nine years, Austrian Bernhard Eisel was not amongst the 198 cyclists at the start of the Tour de France, as he had expected. A member of the British “Team Sky”, he was “really disappointed”. But on the bright side – and with him there always seems to be a bright […]

Two Russians Cycle the World

Two Russians Cycle the World

Circumnavigating the world is hard work however you do it, let alone on a bicycle. But for two Russian cyclists in Vienna last month en route on a 21,000-kilometre tour of the globe, it was the mission that kept them going. Alen Khairullin, 26, and Pavel Grachyov, 47, pedaled off in November last year from […]

StilRad°°: Design for the Urbane Bicyclist

StilRad°°: Design for the Urbane Bicyclist

Nestled behind Judenplatz where Jordangasse and Schultergasse cross, the new StilRad°°/Eva Blut boutique feels like an insider’s secret. Run in partnership by Paul Rasper and Eva Buchleitner, the shop’s witty, minimalist promos personify the bicycles hanging in the windows alongside Eva Blut’s bags and accessories: These are “bicycles who know where to find the best […]

Sunset in the City

It was mid-September and the last really hot day of the year. Riding my bike home after a long sweaty day, I nearly fell off right in the middle of the Schwedenbrücke, the link over the Canal between Schwedenplatz and Taborstraße. The reason? The most gorgeous sunset Vienna has ever granted me. Past the non-descript […]

Bicycle super-highway

Bicycle super-highway

While in Vienna, 6% of commuting is done by bike and politicians argue about making the registration of bicycles mandatory, in Copenhagen 35% of citizens cycle to work every day. As a self-dubbed city of cyclists, the Danish capital is now initiating a truly remarkable concept with the aim of 50% of its inhabitants using […]

Militant Cyclists and Tree Murder

Militant Cyclists and Tree Murder

In response to 1st District Coucil President Ursula Stenzel’s ÖVP appeal protesting “tree murder” and the annihilation of parking spaces on the Ringstraße to make way for a “luxury bicycle path”. (Der Standard, 20 Aug. 2012) Dear Ms. Stenzel, First of all, just like you, I ride a bike, and I know all the advantages […]

Biking in the City

Messing About on Bikes  Treating the city as a bicycle adventure playground has, alas, become more difficult, thanks to the police’s Schwerpunktaktion Radfahrer (“target-campaign: cyclists”), known as Aktion Scharf (“operation tough”, seriously). The campaign focuses on the inner city and the districts around the Ring, as well as the 19th to 22nd Districts, and the entire Donauinsel. […]

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