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The Netherlands is a country well known for it’s cycling. There are cycle paths all over the place and they link between all kinds of places.
But there’s another reason why cycling here is so successful. I think the best way to describe it is ingenuity.
This shot shows a bike storage area next to Amsterdam central station. It’s several storeys high and I couldn’t guess the capacity.
The sign with three xxx represents Amsterdam. Then it says 💜 🚴. I think that’s the key to the success of cycling here.
It’s also clear in the photo that the store is over a canal, possibly in a space that wouldn’t have been used for anything else. Of course in the foreground there’s two people on bikes.
But the ingenuity reaches further than the storage. There’s also the bikes themselves.
You’ve seen my bike. It’s a three wheeler but it’s a ligfiets or recumbent bike but the word actually means ‘lying down’.
But there are many other pedalled solutions to transport around.
The <em>bakfiets market I shared a few weeks ago utilised ‘box bikes’ but as you can see above these often carry children.
before you panic about health and safety, the network of paths means these bikes are not in the regular traffic.
Here’s another option for transporting the family. Often bikes have up to three small people on board!
Then there’s this!
Now you may have seen these ‘people carriers’ in far eastern cities but they’ve made it to any cities in Europe. I have to say that they are very at home here in The Netherlands.
It seems that ingenuity is often at play to keep people moving. Bikes are designed so that the cycle system can be fully utilised. They are focussed on specific tasks.
I’ve been trying to photograph different kinds recently but I’m going to have to do a follow up post as they are never around when you need a picture of one.
But I did manage to catch this at the entrance to the beach. Normally a surfer in wetsuit, cycles barefoot while carrying a board!
How’s that for skill?
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