Pays Bas Cycle Chic, life from the slow lane


You’ve got your -izes on the one hand, and your Chics on the other. The former are websites that showcase how cities become liveable by making cycling easier, and the latter are websites that just show how good people can look on bicycles. The point seems moot—but there are countries where cycling is equated with danger, exertion, and an almost criminal lack of fashion sense, and their inhabitants crave a constant stream of examples of the good life.

So now there is a Dutch Cycle Chic—Pays-Bas Cycle Chic to be precise, because things just sound so much more ooh-la-la if you write them at least partially in French. Run by a lady called Marleen (now that name just sounds two-clogs-in-the-mud Dutch again—I suggest: Marlène), the blog started showing fashion on bikes in the Netherlands in October last year.

The -izes and the Chics started with Danish film maker Mikael Colville-Andersen who is running Copenhagenize and Copenhagen Cycle Chic. A local -ize is produced by Amsterdam-based Internet strategist Marc van Woudenberg, Amsterdamize.

(Photo: Pays Bas Cycle Chic/Marleen.)

1 Comment »

  1. John says:

    Marc’s pics are super. I must admit- I am more of an ‘ize’ person. Though, at the same time, I do enjoy a bit/touch of ‘chic’, every-now-and-then.

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