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Mam Vëlo op d’Schaff 2018

Mam Vëlo op d’Schaff, in short MVOS, is a yearly bike to work (or school) campaign run by the Verkéiersverbond (National Public Transport Community) from May 15 to July 31. They also encourage the participation of members on social networks; this year the hashtag was #mvos2018.

So I decided to make a Map, using the tools from VeloViewer, which does the job much better and faster than me. 

Bike to work map during #mvos2018 operation
Map of all active transportation during #mvos2018 period.
Summary of Bike to Work
Summary of all active transportation activities during #mvos2018 period (size of the point: elevation gain; colour of the point: average speed)

But I have shot several photos and published 225 of them on my Gallery! Below is a small sample of the landscape I shot either on my way to work, or most likely after work. With the long days I was able to do several (de)tours and explore roads and tracks I have never been before.

Château de Koerich
Château de Koerich (May 15, 2018): First MVOS 2018 detour via Koerich
Hopla geiss: a hook to Koerich Castle for the first day of MVOS2018 (day 82 of #mvos365 in 2018)
Piste cyclable de l'Attert near Eischen
Piste cyclable de l’Attert near Eischen (May 17, 2018)
I really love the #PC12Lux part in the forest between Eischen and Steinfort, will try Hovelange soon. 
Tunnel on PC 12
Tunnel on PC 12 (May 18, 2018)
A “short” (de)tour after work via the famous #Hobscheid tunnel on #pc12lux, following some forest exploration. I’d like to play some trumpet or didgeridoo in there
To be in the right place at the right time
To be in the right place at the right time (May 18, 2018): A golden hour scenery that drivers cannot see. Piste cyclable de l’Attert (PC 12, EuroVelo 5), Hovelange.
To be at the right place at the right time, and an invisible scenery to motorists.
Before the shower
Before the shower (May 23, 2018): I tried to avoid the thunderstorm by going south of it; too bad it also moved south.
Guess what happened next?
It's easier to play in the water when already wet
It’s easier to play in the water when already wet (June 1, 2018)
Ready for a swim to work
Marienthal
Marienthal (June 4, 2018): A village of 105 that has a former monastery
Water, air and wires
Water, air and wires (June 4, 2018): Water tower before a thunderstorm. Quiet road between Goeblange and Nospelt.
Managed to avoid the thunderstorm of the day
Cycles of effort and comfort
Cycles of effort and comfort (June 5, 2018): Asphalt track between Lingten and Blaschette.
Graveling to work
Graveling to work (June 6, 2018)
#mvos2018, done. Today I was privileged not only to cycle to work but also to do a business trip by bike.
Belgium/Luxembourg border
Belgium/Luxembourg border (June 7, 2018): Does crossing a border twice make me a cross border commuter?
In Belgium and in Luxembourg simultaneously
Holenfels castle
Holenfels castle (June 8, 2018)
Contradiction: go or no go?
Contradiction: go or no go? (June 8, 2018): “Malheureusement la Police constate trop souvent que les cyclistes ne savent pas toujours précisément ou se trouve leur place allouée”
Piste cyclable de l'Attert between Steinfort and Eischen
Piste cyclable de l’Attert between Steinfort and Eischen (June 12, 2018)
Trees at an angle
Trees at an angle (June 14, 2018)
Dirty feet
Dirty feet (June 14, 2018)
All ways lead to Rome
All ways lead to Rome (June 15, 2018): At Luxembourg/Belgium border in Martelange
Local cycleway between Preizerdaul and Eschette
Local cycleway between Preizerdaul and Eschette (June 15, 2018)
Sunset near Hivange
Sunset near Hivange (June 26, 2018)
Viewpoint near Hivange
Viewpoint near Hivange (June 26, 2018)
Twilight at the end of the tunnel
Twilight at the end of the tunnel (June 29, 2018): Piste cyclable de l’Attert (PC 12, EuroVelo 5), between Eischen and Hovelange.
Road sign
Road sign (July 2, 2018): Cycled in Belgium while the country was watching the football game
When commuting meets Mullerthal Trail
When commuting meets Mullerthal Trail (July 17, 2018)
Let's make it happen!
Let’s make it happen! (July 19, 2018)
Piste cycblable de l'Attert from above
Piste cycblable de l’Attert from above (July 25, 2018): PC 12 between Hovelange and Eischen from above
Moonrise
Moonrise (July 26, 2018)
Let's roll!
Let’s roll! (July 26, 2018)
Sunset
Sunset (July 26, 2018)
New section of PC 5
New section of PC 5 (July 26, 2018)
Château de Larochette
Château de Larochette (July 26, 2018)
Sunflower
Sunflower (July 26, 2018)
Nouveau château d'Ansembourg
Nouveau château d’Ansembourg (July 31, 2018)
In the heat of the day
In the heat of the day (July 31, 2018)
Welcome to Mullerthal
Welcome to Mullerthal (July 31, 2018)
Bergstraße... on the way between Mamer and Luxembourg
Bergstraße… on the way between Mamer and Luxembourg (July 31, 2018)
Connection between PC 4 and PC 3 in Mertert
Connection between PC 4 and PC 3 in Mertert (July 31, 2018)
On my way between #Mamer and @CityLuxembourg#mvos2018 final day; left the flat behind after 100 km.


Distance contraction
Distance contraction (July 31, 2018)

As mentioned earlier, see more on my photo gallery. Also, if you like seeing pictures of places, you can follow me on Strava.

Picnic bike ride

On Sunday, August 28, meeting point is at 16:00 in the city at the intersection between Boulevard du Prince Henri and Avenue Monterey (next to the boat in the park). Please be there on time as we’ll leave shortly.

Link to map, where you can download the GPX file.

We will ride to Belair, Merl, Bertrange, Holzem, Garnich, Mamer and stop at the picnic place called Drēps. However if the group is too slow or unmotivated, we’ll go straight from Bertrange to Mamer – most of the way is on National Cycleways (PCs), Regional and Local Cycleways.

Below is a view of the picnic area (note that it’s not exclusive to the group):

Bridge at Drëps picnic place

Drëps picnic place

You can also meet us at Drēps at 19:00 if you want to skip the effort part. Drinks can be cooled down in the river, and there’s a weather shelter.

For the return ride, there are two options, where the first is the most likely due to the surface:

  • We’ll go back up to Mamer (get ready for this) and go to PC13 to European School II.
  • If eveyone is on a mountain or trekking bike, we could attempt to ride on Sentier de la Mamer to European School II (harder surface but slightly shorter than the first option).

Then we’ll follow the PC13 to Strassen, divert to Les Thermes (to avoid the segment on Route d’Arlon), ride back on PC1 to Val Sainte-Croix and back to the park and finish at the boat intersection.

If the group is big, I will need a co-organizer.

Important instructions:

  • weather may be hot, so please take plenty of drinks with you
  • better have something to eat at the picnic place (but it’s not mandatory).
  • please have some bike lights with you, we’re likely to arrive back to the city during dusk.
  • if you want/have to leave early, please get the GPX file to your GPS or smartphone to find a safe way back. You can use phone Apps such as ViewRanger or OruxMaps to view the GPX on your phone.

There’s no mandatory registration, but would I appreciate if you can register to either the Facebook or the Meetup event, just to get a brief idea of the amount of people to expect.

Update after the ride: just a few photos 😉

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Cyclehack Luxembourg City 2016

Thanks to Cycle Luxembourg, I was privileged to help with the preparation of the first Cyclehack in Luxembourg City. A very nice experience from the inside, where a group of very busy people have managed to do everything; also it was a bit discouraging because it was during the National Holiday weekend and many people decided to travel for an extended weekend before the beginning of the holiday season.

Back to the topic, the event took place during the whole weekend (from Friday the 24th of June to Sunday) at the Rotondes. Friday evening and Sunday afternoon were opened to the public and the rest of the weekend only to participants.

Videos

All videos are also available for download on my personal gallery.

On Friday, there was a series of talks:

Introduction talk by Kasia Krzyzanowski:

Keynote speaker: Marc van Woudenberg of Amsterdamize:

Some local speakers:

Sam Tanson, member of the Aldermen council and in charge of mobility and transport issues for Luxembourg City:

Philippe Herkrath from  Lëtzebuerger Vëlosinitiativ:

openData by Tezza Lana from Level2Syn2cat Hackerspace:

Jean­-Michel Mertz from Bike43, a bicycle related startup here in Luxembourg:

Pierre Englebert from the Luxembourg branch of Cycling Without Age:

And my first ever talk,  I even tried to talk, about my daily bike commutes in Luxembourg, with the glitches and everything:

My slides are also available online.

And to finish, Steve Clement from Level 2 and coorganizer made a very inspiring talk:

Sunday: presentation of the projects

Continue reading Cyclehack Luxembourg City 2016

Waste of money and insecurity

While cycling on PC14,  I discovered it was closed; and they did a detour via a the roads CR103 and CR109, a popular itinerary for trucks going to Kehlen. So I wasn’t very pleased to find which wasn’t announced on any web site. Imagine a family going for a bicycle ride altogether during this sunny Easter holiday…

Detour sign

The fun continues one kilometre ahead, where the main road is also closed, and all the best they have done is to Strikethrough the bicycle detour…

Detour no longer applies

What a waste of money; doing a detour via a dangerous road, and then close the detour

Also, on Tuesday, April 14, the cycling route is also closed between Mamer and Capellen; no alternative road is planned; but at least they have put the sign since last month:

PC14 closure

So let me suggest the alternative way below to go from Mamer to Nospelt, which is technically against the law as the way is market with a (C,2) sign with no bicycle exemption, but:

  • no one cares, they often put this sign even on official cycling routes, and
  • safety first.

Please note the traffic light when crossing Route d’Arlon in Mamer.

Cycling from Strasbourg to Offenburg

On cycleways, mostly dedicated. Easy to ride, the total distance is about 60 km long on a flat surface, mostly on asphalt; only one small segment is on a track and another one on gravel. The North segment to Offenburg is nicer than the South back to Strasbourg via Illkirch.

Download GPX file.

Elevation map
Link on GPSies.

Not a common Monday

It’s very pleasant to start a new week with a day off. The main reason was to study and to let the repairman in. Then a succession of events occurred:

  • he called me in the early morning and let me know at what time he was going to arrive,
  • I will be going to be on call from this evening on,
  • according to the weather forecast, it was the last sunny day until god knows when,
  • I couldn’t find any interactive way to study on the security frameworks, knowing that passive learning is useless.

Based on all the facts above, I invited some people for an evening BBQ, went out into the forest and rode my mountain bike,  bought some groceries to cook a nice salad, let the repairman fix the dishwasher, started some laundry, went out again to another forest, mowed the lawn, went shopping for BBQ food and finally had my guests.

Tam showed up to fetch his car but unfortunately his battery was flat; since it’s a hybrid car it wasn’t possible to push it. Therefore he stayed with us for dinner until his car could be fixed, which took about 1 minute and costed 100 Euros. At least he could enjoy with us some fish-kebab, grilled mushrooms and other vegetables. It was nice to spend some time with some friends!

Ended the day doing 61 km of activities, including 48 km on my bike. Still 690 km to go this month and 6,428 km this year (7,042 km would be ideal if I can afford not to include non-bike sports as well). Too bad this week I won’t have as much free time than I had for cycling…

Of course my mind wasn’t in security frameworks while mountain biking, but rather organising some games on mountain bikes based on the snake game which could be played in groups in the city centre or in the forest.

So below are the maps of the two rides.