7 oct. 2015

L'heure de pointe du matin à Strasbourg...

Voici une video présentant l'heure de pointe sur le carrefour strasbourgeois le plus fréquenté par les cyclistes. Il se situe au croisement de la route de Vienne, du quai Koenig, de la rue de la Brigade Alsace Lorraine et du quai Fustel de Coulanges sur deux des principaux itinéraires cyclables de l'agglomération.

Cette vidéo d'un peu plus de 3 minutes présente différentes séquences filmées une même matinée entre 8h et 9h du matin. Vous y trouverez un échantillon représentatif des quelques 10 000 cyclistes qui passent quotidiennement par ce carrefour.

Le pic de l'heure de pointe se situe entre 8h30 et 8h45. A ce moment, 30 à 40 cyclistes traversent à chaque feu vert cette chaussée qui sépare le centre ville du quartier du Neudorf.

4 oct. 2015

Bicycle culture in London part 6 : London cycle chic!

Despite the fact that politicians of London doesn’t take care of their cyclists, lots are commuting by bike. I've never seen in a city so many different style of cyclists. Here is a small sample of the diversity of people who are cycling with style in London.

These people are showing that even in a city who is not bike friendly, lot of different people are commuting by bike so simply with their daily clothes. They could be more with good cycling infrastructure.

29 sept. 2015

Bicycle culture in London part 5: the cycle superhighways !

Transport for London has launched in 2010 a project called cycle superhighways. These cycle routes are running from outer London into and across central London. Their goal is to give cyclists safer, faster and more direct journeys, improve cycling conditions for people who already commute by bike, and to encourage new cyclists. They are a tool to increase cycling in London by 400% by 2025.

Four of the twelve cycle superhighways planned are opened. I rode the number two and some parts of the number three (from Barking to Tower Hill) and seven (From Merton to the City). I was very surprised by the name of cycle superhighways because cycle superhighway 2 and 7 are just a lick of blue paint on the road with specific traffic signs without anything else for the safety of the cyclists. Cars, buses, trucks and taxis are also driving on the cycle superhighway !


Evening rush hour on the CS7:

Things are going better on the part of the CS3 I rode from Tower Hill to Canary Wharf. It is a mix of narrow but segregated cycle lanes and shared roads without a heavy flow of vehicules. The two new kilometers of the CS2 from Bow to Stratford opened in November 2013 propose a good and safer cycling infrastructure segregated of the road traffic.

London have to replace blue paint with international standard cycle lanes and give space for cycling. This new kind of cycling infrastructure (in London...) has to be the model of London's next “real” cycle superhighways if it doesn’t want to be a new bad joke of Boris Johnson...

24 sept. 2015

Bicycle culture in London part 4: the cycle cafés.

Pubs are a very important place in english people social life. For several years now, london's cyclists can chill out in special places called "Cycle cafés". Lately, this new kind of establishments where you can have a drink, a meal and repair your bike have opened in differents neighbourhoods of London.

The most popular is Look Mum no Hands! It opened in 2010, aiming to fix bicyles in a cafe, but also making coffee in a bike shop. This cycle café wanted to be very inclusive: everyone is welcome with or without a bike. So you can meet cyclists, students coming to work on their laptop, parents and their kids. It proposes breakfast, lunch, hot and cold drinks.

This cycle café started out with two employees, now it has 50! People come to the café for many different reasons but mainly because the coffee and the meals are good. There is now two Look mum no hands Cafés in London but only the Old Street one as a workshop to fix your bicycle. This café is also a place where photo exhibition about cycling, speed dating for cyclists only and most important cycling events as Tour de France screening takes place.

Cycle LabJuice bar is well located on a small road very frequented by cyclists. This café, also opened in 2010, proposes a workshop where you can hand your bike over to Krisz, the shop owner. You can also drink delicious home made smoothies or freshly squeezed fruit juices while reading a cycling book or a magazine. Cycle lab Juice bar also sells bicycles, cycling clothes and lots of accessories. It's a very good place to start or finish a working day with positive vibrations in London...

Micycle provides far more than a bike shop. You can repair your bike in the underground workshop or borrow tools to work on your bike at home. Micycle seel bicycles, accessories and cycling clothes. This is the good adress to talk about cycling in London around a hot drink. Two new Micycle shops have recently opened in the United Kingdom capital.

This article refers only to the cycle café I went. I can give you other adress I found on the internet and I haven't time to visit as Rapha Cycle Club, Peloton & Co or Fullcity cycle.. As you can see Cycle Cafés are booming in London*. They are more than just a pit stop and may become as popular and traditional as pubs…

*I also knew three Cycle cafés in France; la Bicycletterie in Lyon, la Musette in Nantes and Steel Cyclewear &Coffeshop in Paris.

20 sept. 2015

La passerelle des deux rives, trait d'union entre la France et l'Allemagne...

A l’heure où l’Allemagne a rétablit les contrôles des personnes à ses frontières et notamment entre Strasbourg et sa voisine allemande de Kehl, je vous propose une série de photos réalisée sur la passerelle des deux rives. Surplombant le Rhin, fleuve frontière entre Kehl et Strasbourg, l’Allemagne et la France et réservée aux piétons et aux cyclistes, elle est sans doute l'aménagement cyclable le plus remarquable de l’agglomération et que j'ai pu emprunter.

Réalisée par l’architecte Marc Mimram et mise en service en 2004, cet ouvrage d’art (pour une fois cette expression n’est pas usurpée) d’une longueur de 400m s’intègre au cœur d’un parc transfrontalier. Les deux voies de la passerelle, l’une réservée aux piétons et l’autre mixte entre les piétons et cyclistes (voie verte) se rejoignent sur la frontière au milieu de l’ouvrage où une plateforme permet de profiter de ce lieu unique.

La Passerelle des Deux rives est empruntée quotidiennement par de nombreuses personnes pour leurs migrations quotidiennes (travail, achats, visites, loisirs…). Elle permet aux cyclistes et piétons de s’affranchir de cette barrière naturelle, linguistique et administrative que représentait le Rhin…


Construite sur une frontière qui a été âprement disputée au cours de deux guerres mondiales, la passerelle des deux rives est un symbole de la paix et de l’union en Europe. En cette période de tensions géopolitiques, ne l’oubliez pas !

14 sept. 2015

Bicycle culture in London part 3: London cycle hire.

We're are back in London and going to focus on the public bicycle hire scheme of the UK's capital. Open in july 2010 and inspired by the parisian Vélib it's sponsorised by the Barclays bank and is officialy called « Barclays cycle hire » with blue as the main colour. It's also popularly known as « Boris Bikes » after Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London who launched the scheme. The operation of the scheme is contracted by Transport for London (the local government body responsible for most aspects of the transport system in Greater London) to Serco Group (a british company who operates transport system). Barclays gave 25millions £ for a five year deal althought the total running costs are estimated between 110 and 140 millions £ from 2010 to 2015.

The system is simple and efficient. There are more than 10 000 bikes over 700 docking stations situated every 300 to 500 metres throughout London. Register to the system takes one minute and each hiring a maximum of 30 seconds. You can hire up to four bikes at the same time. It costs £2 to access the bikes for 24 hours and the first 30 minutes of each journey are free. Longer journeys cost £2 for each extra 30 minutes. You can only pay with a debit card.


Before hiring, safety items are always reminded to you (especially the blind spots). Then have a ticket with a 5 digits code you have to enter on the docking station to free the bike you choose. After your journey you just have to push the bike into an empty docking point across and wait for a green light blinking on the docking station, which will show the bike is securely locked. Londoners who subscribe for an annuel access for 90£ to the system have a sort of usb key they put in the docking station to hire their bike.

Bicycles have a front basket to put a small bag or suitcase. They have 3 gears and lights come on automatically when you start riding. They don't have any lockers so you have to put it in a docking station if you want to have a little shopping and wait at least 5 minutes to hire another bike.

They are built in Canada by Devinci Cycles and are the same model than the bicycle hiring system of Montreal and Toronto. The Barclays cycle hire got its own app for smartphone. It is very useful for tourists who want to know where the nearest station is to hire or return a bike.

Some of barclays cycle hire users are wearing helmets beacause of the busy motorised trafic of London and it's lack of segregated bike lanes. The system will probably change the type of bike users in London. It's starting to put non hardcore cyclists and especillay women on bikes in the United Kingdom capital. 

As the Vélib cycle hire system, the London one is slowly beeing adopted by the inhabitants and the tourists as an iconic London trade mark just like the black cabs and the red double decker buses. In March 2014, 101 of the 10,000 bikes in the scheme were coloured yellow to mark 100 days until the arrival of the 101st Tour de France in London on Monday July 7th 2014. Guess who rode a yellow jersey bike ?

To be complete on the subject, Barcalys retired of the cycle hire and another bank, Santander UK is the new sponsor starting April 2015 ; the scheme is now called Santander Cycle Hire and turned to red...

If you are not afraid to ride in a heavy motorised trafic, on the left side of the road and if you're not anticapitalist, London cycle hire is a good and cheep way to discover the city and it's different neighbourhood.