ThinkBike Chicago

Some of you might find the following of interest. Sorry it’s late … as usual. I’m having an awfully hard time keeping up lately. Life is dropping me like an interloping Fred on a hard club ride.

We would like to draw your attention to the upcoming ThinkBike Workshops event in Chicago, IL. In close cooperation with the Active Transportation Alliance and other local partners, the Consulate General of the Netherlands in Chicago organizes a bilateral bike workshop to make Chicago more bike-friendly and to increase America’s bicycle use. Two teams, consisting of Chicago and Dutch specialists, will survey Chicago by bike and will discuss how to improve Chicago’s bike-ability. The main findings will be presented September 24th. More information about the ThinkBike Workshops (and participation) can be found in the press release as well as on the Consulate General’s web site. For more information you can contact Mr. Peter Verheyen.

On behalf of the Kingdom of the Netherlands we would like to thank you in advance for your enthusiasm.

Kind regards,
Bert Bentsink
Research Assistant Digital Communications


5 responses to “ThinkBike Chicago

  1. Growing up in a large city I have often longed for the cycling related stuff that can be done there. I think it’s important to realize that cycling related things can be done right here in our area too. Sure, there may not be the population or budget for things like the big towns have but I feel that shouldn’t keep us from trying. After all, if one doesn’t try or ask, the answer is always no…

  2. I couldn’t agree more. While I realize I might be terribly naive and idealistic, it has always seemed to me that it should be even easier to get things like this done in a relatively small community like ours. Adrian is a very bikeable city, and there’s a lot of low-hanging fruit (e.g., wide streets, a bike path well positioned for further integration with businesses, schools, etc.).

  3. I agree. Lenawee County, Adrian, and the surrounding towns can all become more bicycle friendly if we persist. A bit cliche, but I cling to my favorite Gandhi quote: “Be the change you wish to see in the world”

  4. I spent today riding around East Lansing and longed for the simplicity and clutter free space of Adrian. People texting while walking and not watching where they are going gets old FAST. Did I mention there are people everywhere?

  5. I was stationed in Germany twice. Cycling and walking along with extensive public transportation is simply incredible there! You can go anywhere on or with your bike, in your own lane, path or in the traffic lane on the road.
    I think the biggest advantage of all are that cyclists are accepted and respected there as just another vehicle or pedestrian using the road. Attitude by the society there on cycling makes all the difference, and I suspect that until that attitude here changes, things will change little.