Coffee to go

Classic Bicycle Club get-together, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 23-May-2014

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Facing east – village of Zajelšje, Slovenia

Taking to the Hills – Brkini Bike Route I

As I mentioned in this post a few days ago, I’ll be spending some time in the Brkini Hills of south western Slovenia over the next couple of months to unwind from my recent seven-month overland trip through South America. It’s a beautiful if relatively unknown region of the country, …

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European Cyclists’ Federation Launches Inaugural EU wide Cycling Barometer

This study by the European Cyclists’ Federation, released yesterday in the run up to next week’s Velo-City 2013 international conference, served as a strong reminder of how far ahead the old continent is in terms of bicycling culture, at least in comparison with South America, and presumably, Central and North America. …

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European Mobility Week in Ljubljana

Ljubljana was one of 1,995 cities that took part in European Mobility Week, which came to an official close at midnight last night. Here, a large chunk of Slovenska Cesta, one of the principal boulevards in the center of town, was closed to traffic for the past seven days with …

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Clipped Wings and Anti-Fascists – Twelve Pics From my First (!) 100km Bike Ride

I biked over 100 kilometers yesterday for the first time. That may not be a big deal for some people, but for a recovering former chain smoker like me, it is. The bulk of it was from the city of Cerknica back to Ljubljana via Rakitna. Which meant lots of …

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Shooting in the Rain

It was a rainy day and a Monday too, but that didn’t bring me down. At all. A post in a FB group reminded me that I hadn’t yet finished Traces of a Friendship: Alberto Giacometti, a biography of the sculptor that I bought more than two years ago. And …

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Self-absorbed bike lane-parking morons update (of sorts)

I haven’t posted pics of self-absorbed bike lane-parking morons for some time, but I just may start again if Ljubljana’s mayor chooses to follow the lead apparently taken by his colleague in Vilnius. The best use of a tank I’ve ever seen. More on the stunt from The Guardian.

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Bicycle Diaries Audio Book excerpt

Just a few days after Christmas last year, I was slowly worming my way through the security line at Montreal’s airport reading through the last pages of David Byrne’s Bicycle Diaries. The first security guard stopped me to ask just one question: “So, you’re reading a little Che Guevara?” I …

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Coming Soon (LJ Pic of the Day)

Is there a better way to restart the LJ Pic of the Day project –as well as re-open the café– than with this, a promise that unparalleled pleasures of the mind, body, spirit and soul lie in wait just around the corner? I think not. This was taken yesterday, near …

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Oslo (and other) city bikes

I see quite a few offerings like this for municipally-run bicycle rentals. Pick up the bike at a typical station, like this one in Oslo, and drop it off at another. Any idea that really needs to spread. Everywhere. Rates in the Norwegian capital – NOK 80 (EUR 8.85/USD 12.37) …

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