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middelpos

middelpos

The mother whose child sucks on this window again, must please come clean it up!!

seen in a shop window in Middelpos (a small town in the northern cape)

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john kramer

these are great because the karoo always makes me think of long hot drives & stopping at a kafee for an ice cold COKE. i hope these general stores don’t disappear forever. via john kramer

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september

flip it’s already july! as much as i hate that this year is flying by, things are looking up. why? because now we’re only 2 months away from the best month of the year: SEPTEMBER! the weather starts getting hotter (but not too hot) … and it’s my birthday. it ain’t called SPRING for nothing, dudes.

spring-sprung

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copenhagen + bicycles

if you’ve ever been to copenhagen, you’d understand. on my first day there i stood on a street corner for about 5 minutes watching the hordes of people on bicycles – thinking there was some kind of biking rally going on (in the middle of winter). no, that’s just how you get around in copenhagen. and it’s AWESOME.

coming from a university town, there are a fair share of people who use bikes to get around – but mostly students. and even with that considered, most people walk rather than bike because the roads aren’t really that safe for casual cyclists (or even professional cyclists, let’s be honest).  this isn’t just because our roads are ill equipped (no dedicated bike lanes), but car users and cyclists themselves aren’t really that great at dealing with eachother (not adhering to proper road rules, not using road/hand signals, impatience etc etc)

wouldn’t it be great if  a town like stellenbosch or even cities like cape town could become more bike friendly? i sympathise with people who have to drive kilometres to get to work, but even that’s doable by bike. peeps in norway have been at it for decades. think about the positive effects it would have on traffic congestion, your health & not to mention your wallet. and, did you know that denmark is the happiest nation in the world, statistically? i bet it’s all that biking, blood pumping and so on.

anyway, i think we can do it. look at a city like portland, which has pretty recently become super bike friendly – bicycle use in portland has nearly tripled since 2001 due to improved facilities. so nothing is impossible, right?

the fact that they look cool while doing it doesn’t hurt either. all pics courtesy of copenhagen cycle chic

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