EPISODE 75, SEASON 2:
In this episode, John connects with
Brandon Lust also known as “@AmericanFietser” on Twitter
They have a conversation about how a pickup truck-driving guy from rural Illinois became an advocate for Dutch cycling, safer streets, and electric-assist cargo bikes.
Below is one of Brandon’s favorite BicycleDutch videos: Systematic Safety
Below is one of Not Just Bikes most-watched videos on safer streets:
In 2017, Brandon joined his wife Tatiana on a trip to The Netherlands. She had some work to do there and they figured why not combine the travel for a bit of vacation time. What Brandon couldn’t have known at the time, was that this trip would forever alter his life and spark a curiosity to learn more about functional cycling, and ignite a passion for the simple pleasures of getting stuff done while riding a bike. Thus the @AmericanFietser on Twitter was born.
The Dutch, have a couple of different words that apply to cyclists. They use the word Fietser to refer to a person who rides for everyday purposes such as meeting one’s daily needs. While they use the term “wielrenner”, literally wheel runner, to describe a sport cyclist or racer.
Enjoy this ride with Brandon!
Additional Helpful Links:
BicycleDutch – Mark Wagenbuur
Not Just Bikes – Jason Slaughter
Defining Opafiets and Omafiets (step-through frame) blog post
Tern Bicycles – Perennial Cycle, Minneapolis
Tatiana’s First E-Bike Ride – Twitter video
FFA – Future Farmers of America
Mobycon and the Mobycon Academy
STROADS video by Not Just Bikes for StrongTowns
Woonerf definition (shared space)
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