Tagged: bikes

La journée sans voitures – Brussels

Today was the annual “journée sans voitures” in Brussels. Normally taking place on the third Sunday in September, this is the day that no cars are allowed in the city and you have to find an alternative form of transport to get around. Most of the locals make use of the “villo” – the bikes that are stationed all round the city that you rent from a machine on a pay-by-the-hour basis. The day is a great initiative – it was started to make people more aware of the global oil shortage, and to encourage citizens to get out and enjoy Brussels car-free. As well as trafficless roads, the streets are full of performers and stalls selling everything from food to Buddha statues to vintage candelabras…

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Mopeds – the snazzy/local way to travel in Italy

Everywhere you go you in Italy, you always seem to be tripping over mopeds. As ubiquitous as bikes in Amsterdam, mopeds are actually a really useful way to get around in busy Italian towns. With the driving age for mopeds in Italy being 14, you see people of all ages zipping through the crowds. Many Italian towns like Tropea in Calabria, and Cefalu in Sicily as well as the major cities have really cobbled, narrow streets overrun by tourists, so there’s no room for cars to drive past. They also look kinda cool….