Sustainable Travel: A little history of my passion for cycling in photographs

This World Environment Day – 5th June 2018, I set myself the challenge of traveling from Germany to the UK by bike, train, bus and ferry in two days, for only 100 €. For this occasion, I put together some fun pictures reaching all the way from my earliest adventures on my Mum’s handlebar to cycling all around the world in more recent years!

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Even before I learned to cycle myself, I loved sitting in front and letting my Mum do all the work while watching the world zoom by and entertaining everyone with my singing!

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Cleaning my bike back in 1984… 🙂 I guess I always had a thing for blue bikes!

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My brother and me on a family tour, crossing some river

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My dad, brother and me crossing some river on a family cycling tour

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See!?! It’s not my fault that I take ridiculous amounts of luggage on train cum bike trips..! I was brought up that way. 🙂 Btw, that’s a trolley my dad built himself!

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Never let your shoes or trenchcoat deter you from getting on your bike!

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My brother and me riding on a cloudy day

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All set for the weekend tour with luggage, sleeping bag and doll!

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If you look carefully, you can see a little girl on the bike behind the luggage!

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Someone push up that HAT please… honestly! 😀 😀

All photo credits up to here: My parents.

In the late 80s and early 90s, there is a curious gap of family cycling photos… so the next interesting one I could find is way ahead in something like ’96, when I tried a tandem for the first time with my Mum on the North Sea island of Föhr:

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Flat landscapes but strong head winds: Trying a tandem on the North Sea island of Föhr, around 1996!

After that, there is another complete gap in cycling pictures. For most of those years, the bike was just a regular day-to-day means of transport, but not bigger trips or adventures. Until…

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Various adventures cycling in and around Hyderabad, India, with my parents and friends from Hyderabad Bicycling Club.

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On the way from Germany to Sweden in 2015, stopping over in Copenhagen.

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In 2016, setting off from Vimmerby in Sweden about to cycle 400 km through the beautiful south of Sweden. While there is not much cycling specific infrastructure, the many forest trails and smaller roads with very little traffic make it an ideal place for long distance cycling. Added benefits: many lakes to jump into, loads of berries and fruit to forage, free camping pretty much anywhere, and free toilets even in remote forests!

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Summer 2017 in Amsterdam, on the way from Germany to the UK via bike & ferry. Cycling in Holland is really something else – such great cycling infrastructure, and people’s attitude towards cyclists is so accepting and friendly. I really looking forward to the short but beautiful stretch from Den Haag to the Hook van Holland that I’m planning to cycle again this year.

This World Environment Day – 5th June 2018, I set myself the challenge of traveling from Germany to the UK by bike, train, bus and ferry in two days, for only 100 €. My goal with this trip is to show how much fun affordable & environmentally responsible travel in Europe can be.

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The route I’m planning to do this 5th & 6th June 2018, by bicycle, train, bus & ferry.

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