01 May 2010

The Free Agents

Lleida Jens-Erik
Amazing who you meet at bicycle conferences. I had to travel all the way to Lleida, Catalonia to coincedentally make the acquaintence of this chap, Jens-Erik Larsen. He was also invited to speak and he covered the North Sea Bicycle Route, part of the impressive EuroVelo network, with over 66,000 of bike routes throughout Europe.

The North Sea Bicycle Route is the world's longest, international, signed bicycle route passing through seven countries around the North Sea. Read www.northsea-cycle.com/

Jens-Erik is part of De Frie Fugle (The Free Agents), which is a multidisciplinary consultancy company with more than 20 years of experience with projects dealing with ecological and sustainable practices, agriculture, environmental issues and outdoor life. Their aim is to promote an economically, ecologically and socially sustainable development of society - nationally as well as internationally.

I was most impressed to learn that Jens-Erik had a really good idea back in the late 1980's. The creation of the world's first national bicycle route network, here in Denmark.

It's always cool to meet the invididual who thought up impressive projects. So often you forget that it almost always is one person with one good idea and can only see the final result.

If you need any consulting about national bike routes et al, be sure to contact The Free Agents.


Anonymous said...

Lleida, Spain.

Frits B said...

Frie Fugle = Free Birds nesting at Nordre Fasanvej? Cool.

Mikael said...

Catalunya, if you ask the locals. And it's them who get to decide such stuff.

Although I was told that the Vikings made it up the river to Lleida back in the day, which is cool.

Mikael said...

Oh, and remember to call it Lérida if you're insisting on Spanish nationalism. :-)

Anonymous said...

Yep Mikael, but Catalunya is a province, not the country. It's like saying Malmö, Skåne which is a province in Sweden or Kovenhavn, .

Amsterdamize said...

"I was most impressed to learn that Jens-Erik had a really good idea back in the late 1980's. The creation of the world's first national bicycle route network, here in Denmark.
Uhm, not to bitch or moan, but I think Jens-Erik got inspired.

The 'Landelijk Fietsplatform' [National Cycle Platform, a co-orporation of several bike orgs] developed the first so-called LF-route (initially Long Distance Cycle Route, later changed to National Cycle Route). This first route was...the North Sea one. The platform was initiated in the early 80's and more routes and maps were made available in subsequent years.

Just to be factual...not entertaining :)

Eneko Astigarraga said...

Talking about Spain or whatever your nationalism wants to call this part of the world. Do you know that there is not even a single kilometer of this international cycle network called Eurovelo in this region of Europe? Not in the Camino de Santiago nor in the Via de la Plata ... nor in the hole Peninsula Ibérica. Unbelievable, isn't it?

Mikael said...

there's actually a movement in Skåne who wish to return to their Danish roots. Change the street names and town names to their original Danish spelling, etc. Identity is more important that political borders on a map.

Daniel Sparing said...

@Anonymous and what is exactly wrong in saying "Malmö, Skåne"? It simply means that the former is a subset of the latter.

Mikael simply provides more information by localizing the city in Catalonia, not just anywhere in Spain.

Seems like you want to join a conversation which was not started and hopefully not happening here.