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Bikes and Canals 

The Netherlands….

What do you think of?

Bikes, cheese, clogs, canals, tulips, windmills….

Delft is a university town with 100,000 inhabitants, 20% of whom are students. 

Bike ownership in The Netherlands is very high per capita. Many sources say 18 million bikes. But the population is less than 17 million.  And with all those canals the inevitable happens. 

They fall in. Get pushed in. Get lost in.

When the boat tours started in Delft the dredged the canals. There were three to four thousand bikes in the water. 

Each year the process is repeated. Another couple of hundred bikes emerge each time. 

Apparently some bikes go swimming to celebrate graduation in the city. It’s a sad habit to mark the occasion. 

The clean up process does mean the metal is available for recycling. 

I guess it’s one of the few negatives about the great cycling culture. 

But Holland is very busy actively removing illegally parked and abandoned bikes at street level too. 

Are there any downsides to greener habits in your location?

3 comments on “Bikes and Canals 

  1. solarbeez
    April 5, 2015

    Sorry to hear about the bikes ending up in the canals.
    Speaking of bicycling, yesterday my wife and I met a lady from The Netherlands at a grocery store. Cobi Bult was bicycling up the West Coast from Los Angeles to Vancouver, British Columbia, a distance of 1,280 miles (2059 kilometers). I wondered how heavy her bicycle was with all the gear on it, so I hefted it up. I COULD BARELY LIFT IT, and she was pedaling that over mountains and hills. You grow ’em strong, there.

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  2. veggieleven
    April 6, 2015

    I live on the countryside. It looks green, but it’s mainly industrialised agriculture. Sometimes in the distance, I can hear the cries of animals being loaded to the slaughterhouse …


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