If you’ve been following along on social media, then you’ll know the past 14 weeks have been a dream come true for the two of us. Since the release of our book “Building the Cycling City: The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality” on August 28th, we’ve shared our message with audiences in 22 cities across Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. It has been a privilege to meet so many passionate people along the way, while helping them in their quests to make their own cities better places to live, work, play, and—of course—cycle.
Over the course of countless conversations with colleagues, one question came up repeatedly: “What’s next for Modacity?” It was a query to which we responded with vague statements about seeing what the new year brings, knowing we were discreetly working behind-the-scenes on our family’s next adventure, but unable to reveal any details until a number of important pieces fell into place.
Well, after much back-and-forth, culminating in another dream of ours coming to fruition, we can finally answer that question: Chris has officially accepted the role of Marketing and Communications Manager at the Dutch Cycling Embassy, and the Bruntlett clan will be relocating to Delft, the Netherlands in mid-February 2019!
Ever since we returned from our five-week tour of the Netherlands in 2016, we have been scheming about a possible move to Cycling Utopia. But that plan required the right career opportunity to come along, the seeds of which were planted while interviewing Embassy Director Mirjam Borsboom for Chapter Four of the book. Their task of celebrating the Netherlands’ success story with the world is perfectly aligned with our own, as is their motto of “Cycling for Everyone”. For those, and many other reasons, this partnership appears to be the perfect match.
We’re definitely saddened to say goodbye to Vancouver, a city we’ve called home for the past eleven and a half years. Its streets and stunning backdrop have played a starring role in the stories we have shared, especially our own. In fact, it’s safe to say that without the election of Mayor Robertson in 2008, and his political courage building an AAA bike network over the next decade, our book wouldn’t exist, and Modacity certainly wouldn’t exist. The day-to-day experiences of going “car lite” have shaped each member of our multi-modal family for the better, and we remain eternally grateful for this leadership.
We’d also like to take this opportunity to assure our followers that—despite relocating to a new country—Modacity isn’t going anywhere. Expect to see regular content on our blog and social media channels, as we explore our new home (on two wheels, of course), and share stories from the surrounding European context. We will also continue to promote our book, and provide speaking engagements where possible.
Needless to say, we’re all rather daunted by the immense challenge of moving to a new continent and learning a new language, but we’re excited to see where this next chapter of our lives takes us, and hope you’ll continue along for the ride.