I wonder how they get these numbers. Is there a thing that counts cyclists as they ride past the sign? Hmm. Well, in any case looking forward to riding to work tomorrow. Biiiicycle! Biiiicycle!
Cycle ways are actually quite good in Vienna. And as the city is relatively flat, it’s also an ideal way of getting around which doesn’t take much time compared to the subway and other public transport. I see many that can’t be bothered wearing a helmet in traffic though, which always makes me wonder whether people care at all about what’s inside their skulls. Even companies don’t seem to care here. In Norway everyone cycling for a courier service would most definitely wear helmets… And in NZ it is illegal to cycle without a helmet.
Lately the weather has been quite shifty. Today it is really beautiful though, with cotton clouds and nice sunshine. 🙂 Perfect cycle weather.
today was the day of the 4th annual RadparRADe around the Ring in Vienna, held at the weekend of the Bike festival in front of Rathaus. This was however my first time participating. I took a fair few photos of fun cycles, so today is a bit of a picture special… 😉
My bike, pimped out with a MU flag, and the free flowers we got to put on our handlebars.
Someone advertising for Critical Mass
As someone who aspires to live sustainably (though failing because of my addiction to travel), I was fascinated when someone told me that there was a bicycle transport company in Vienna. Heavy Pedals is a company which specialises in transporting goods around the city, up to 250kgs. 250kgs! These guys are not afraid of some serious work. I almost want to apply for a summer job there… lol. 😀 They’re also located across the street from Caritas, which means you can get your furniture pre-loved, and then have them cycled to your home, completely carbon-free!
This one has given me much joy since I got back from my long holiday. I got a city bike because doing all kinds of commuting on my racer is just not very convenient… especially when tackling cobblestone and tram lines on a daily basis. Which you have to if you want to get around. Gotta say though, cycling is still my favourite way to get through the city. Nooot looking forward to the wet season coming now…
I went out earlier today to catch a free bike checkup at the bike festival by the city hall. Was really cool – many discounted items, many cool bicycles, and the high air event by redbull. I know redbull is Austrian so I suppose I should feel some sort of confused patriotism towards them, but they sponsor so many things that are just devastating to the planet that I just hate them. BUT. The high air riders were awesome! And I think it’s one of the good things that redbull sponsor, so long as they don’t do it in deserts with fragile ecosystems where the tracks from their events will be visible for another hundred years. Fun for all, and really awe-inspiring tricks to behold!
Since the weather is only miserable and makes us all feel like crap today, I am posting a picture of my new ride. Having a bike in Vienna is really great, although one shouldn’t really get a brand new one and expect to keep it for long unless it’s only kept indoors. This is a used racing bike, but I’m super excited as it’s my very first one. I wish I could ride today too, but seeing as it’s got no screens I’d get absolutely showered from both above and below. It’s a Peugeot Izoard 21. Not sure how old it is, but it rides like a FISH IN WATER. Yummmmm.
Vienna also has this fantastic tool to find the best bicycle paths if you want to plan your journey: AnachB
If you feel cheated out of today’s picture of the life outside, here’s a picture of the view from my window (you can’t really see the snow and rain falling but it’s there, believe me!). It’s cold. and wet. And a bit windy. And miserable really.
This dude was sitting on Mariahilfer today, reading and probably waiting for someone to hail a ride. Pretty cool concept, and I’m also really amazed that they are out and about when the snow is thick like it has been this week! The company is called Faxi, and they’re the more sustainable option if you need a ride from door to door.
Wuhuuu! I love snow! I guess today is not the right day to grab a citybike to go home though.. Citybikes are really handy, actually. You just sign up on the homepage, and cycling for up to one hour from one station to the next is totally free! After that, you’re charged 1 Euro per hour for the bike. But there are stations all over town, so you can almost be sure to find a station close to where you’re going. I just found out today that they even have a smartphone app that you can download to find stations close to you… dang useful. Seeing as my bike is still not stolen, I’ve been using mine whenever I’m out and about (and also seeing as these don’t come with helmets..).
More snow due in the coming days!!
This paper has been hanging on the door of the bike room now for a wee while, and every time I take my trash down I’m greeted by it. We’ve had three break-ins since April, so I wasn’t exactly surprised when I saw it for the first time a couple of weeks ago. Well yes, I was: This is the first time that we’ve ever seen a note on the door afterwards! 😀 So, if any thieves are reading this post: OUR BIKE STORAGE IS PICKED CLEAN! There’s nothing of value in there anymore!! I have a bike that’s really cheap (paid 52 Euro on Ebay for it), and it has survived all the three raids. This makes me feel really proud somehow, haha. Bike thieves are abundant in Vienna, and really the best advice I can give is to make sure to get a cheap-ish bike (get a used one) and a MASSIVE lock for it. My friend had hers locked up outside for 3 weeks with a good lock, but then it too disappeared (it just looked too new).
I love my bike, because it enables me to move over a great distance, all by the power of my own steam. In case you’re wondering, I’ve never had a driver’s license, so I don’t know what it’s like to have a car. My bicycle therefore allows me some of the freedom that car-owners have, in moving where I want, when I want. The thought that someone might break in and steal it is therefore not a good one… Even if it was cheap!
The note from the police is pretty standard. I find it funny and slightly ironic somehow.. that they have no way of stopping the break-ins, once they even skipped investigating because when I called it in I was already at work, but still after the third break-in they write out a form that has the heading ‘Valued tenants.’
People of Vienna: Lock your bikes up with a huge lock, even when it’s in storage. I think that’s the only reason why I still have a bike – it’s cheap, with a huge, mean lock on it, that stays on when it’s parked in the bike storage.
Caught this little combo while walking home. I kinda liked it, because you have the poster that says ‘movement is life’ and right under it someone drew a monkey on a bicycle, in front there are the bicycles, and just as I took the photo a little brat on a scootybike zoomed past me. Movement really is life… I can feel it in every muscle in my body after the visit to Manhattan yesterday. All good, but makes me very aware of moving at all today! 😀
Cute bike I saw at Heiligenstadt. I’m quite sad that the bicycle season is coming to an end… I’ve been sick the last three weeks, so have missed the very end of it. Now they’re already promising snow for tomorrow, so let’s see!
They tell you the minute you think about getting a bike here, that you should make sure to get a cheap bike and an expensive lock. Which is true! But whenever I see sights like this, I can’t help but wonder…. Why?? Are those wheels and tyres so useful to people?? A friend of mine has had her seat stolen twice.