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Shopping the Dutch way wins our competition

Three of the top 10 entries in our Shopping by Bike competition, including the first prizewinner, took their inspiration from the Netherlands…comp2016_4-pic2-crop

First prize went to Jeanine Bezuijen who happily carried on shopping by bike when nine months pregnant, thanks to her Dutch bike with its large front basket – which she loves!  Like many people, she chooses shops with good bike parking, praising Dalry Road Lidl.  Jeanine grew up in the Netherlands where, she says, “shopping by bike is the rule rather than the exception.”

Also in the top 10 were two entries praising the Dutch AXA bike lock“a frame-fitting lock to make popping into shops relaxing, quick and easy,”  according to our third-prize winner, Shane Voss.   Shane provided an excellent photo and details of the AXA model which he uses.  He adds, “I now find I am much more likely to pop in to local shops on my way home.”

Several people submitted lists of handy hints for shopping by bike, and our 2nd prize went to Katharine Wake‘s list of top tips to do – and to avoid – all “tried and tested”  by Katharine, including the mistakes!

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

A very large number of people recommended never going out on your bike without taking panniers, bungees or a light packaway rucksack – you never know when you’ll make an unexpected purchase – even a painting to hang over your fireplace!

Top no-no for quite a few people was hanging bags on your handlebars – several people had suffered cuts, bruises, or squashed groceries when bags caught the front wheel or brake blocks.comp2016_16

A huge variety of items had been bought and transported home by bike, from food to furniture, from pots to paintings, from tomatoes to trees.

Two people commented on how to carry – and how not to carry! – baguettes.  We’ll leave you to find them!

FULL DETAILS OF ENTRIES

See the full set of entries here [pdf, 7MB] – anonymised except for the top entries.

THANK YOU – OUR SPONSORS

Details of prizes on the entry form.

THANK YOU – EVERYONE ELSE!!

Many thanks to you if you entered, even if you didn’t win this time.  Thanks also to the organisers and to David Gardiner our expert advisor to the Resources Group judging panel.

WHAT’S NEXT??

See the results of our many previous exciting, amusing and/or interesting competitions here.

If you’ve a great idea for next year’s competition, let us know!  A topic that is useful to other people and which lots of people are able to participate in would be ideal.

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