Protected Bike Lane

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” So the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations states. Nevertheless, some issues need more protection than others. Provocatively asked, why protect something that is universally enshrined in law?

You are not impeded; you become so only by others´ actions and perceptions. The world of transport just represents a wider cosmos of human interaction. The dream of equality is older than cycling.

Greened Supply Chains

Our reality is only a mental construction. It is a result of our inner beliefs and experiences. What we see as grey, for others it might appear as green. There is no absolute truth.

Narratives of greened supply chains fall on unsuspecting ears. There is no wrong and no right. even when most of us still perceive it as grey.

Splendid Contradictions

We live in a world of splendid contradictions. longdistance-cargocycling.org donates (again) to artenglück.de, a purveyor of wild flower beds to save remaining bio-diversity. Generous donation for a common cause with funds generated from plenty of cargo cycling trips.

The results of our actions: expensively compensated. There appears to be a requirement to reflect their impact in the first place.

Oh, by the way, thanks to all MY donors!

Modern Mobility

The action goes on elsewhere. We witness idle artefacts of a busy world, carelessly abandoned, in all cases. Their silence is a prompt to think.

Aerosol Art

Ruptures appear, we hit the wall. No fantasys to shape the future of our World. Too many competing narratives.

Today, we tell ourselves stories that we wouldn’t believe in the future.

Entrenched in bipartisanship, unable to sense the emerging space of possibilities. My bike as a silent observer, an epitomised option for an utopian alternative modernity. Contours of those realities already appear to exist, in pictures.

Outside the Box

We put everything into boxes. Our stuff, our thinking. By using boxes, we establish routines to simplify our life. Boxes are replaceable, and so becomes our thinking.

But what if those routines fail us? There is potential to act. New thinking offers ways of stepping out of our boxes.

System Constellation

Perhaps the voices of those who kept asking whether my initiative was economically viable and who would pay for my experiments were very loud. Or the new just didn’t want to come into the world.

It seemed to me that in 2021 I was moving in a space of efficiency, where a constant “more of the same” commercialized the cargo bikes; a drive for efficiency that requires you to optimize existing systems. We are happy about cargo bikes in the cities, but actually those very inner cities cry for help; cry for a new thinking.

But there was another space, that of functionality. In there, cargo bikes are a multiplier of sufficiency and regionality. But apparently there were no doors from one room to the other.

In a system of me (A), the public hearing (B) and the narrative (C), which moved in the field of tension between a sportiive recognition of cargo cycling, the search for commercial realization and an integral claim, surprising results emerged:

B is stubborn; B thinks A and C are messing around. B is unsure who is leading: A who focuses on sportive recognition, or C who stresses an integral claim? C is completely on the side of A.

B complains: “A doesn’t manage to put the matter into words so that B understands it”. A’s behavior makes B angry. A invited B to come along, gets a swatter.

What is needed?

For C: put your fist in your pocket, explain, offer. For B: A and C can do what they want. For A: A would have to dissemble if it got involved in B’s language

A option?

The grass is always greener…

… on the other side of the fence“, goes a popular saying. I decided to check it out in The Netherlands.

Both sides of the border: Green, lush meadows; flat land, at least in the north, in Friesland. Where’s the difference? My interest in the sweet specialties of our neighbours is pretended; actually, the food is only a side issue of my request to cycle sensibly again: When it comes to cycling, the Dutch are actually greener – in the truest sense of the word!

A biker’s paradise – the paths are wider and the surface smoother. A permanent embodiment of a real appreciation as a road user.