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Old 09-10-13, 07:53 AM   #1
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Hundres Of Bikes On The Netherland's Streets

Amazing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xm3rsWtqvOE

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That is awesome.
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it is pretty awesome. it will never happen for 90% of the US though. northern europe's infra is built for it. it's so much smaller.
also, the climate is a large factor. when you get south of the mason dixon line in the US, biking in regular clothes during a good chunk of the year becomes just plain disgusting because you can't not sweat in the heat.

there are so many things that make creating a euro-style bike culture in the US just out of reach.

but we try.
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And no helmet hair. I suppose there's little need with so few cars. The only horn I heard was from the train.
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Hundres Of Bikes On The Netherland's Streets

You guys ever been to Seaside Florida? Talk about hundreds of bikes!
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The roadway + a separated bike path infrastructure is nation wide, there.

it was a political choice made long ago ..


riding the coast from Rotterdam north is car free.

easy to depart Shiphol airport when flying into AMS to start bike tours.

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Yes, it is simply amazing. When I went to Amsterdam back in 2002 I saw thousands of bikes in "garages" all over the city. The weather was bad and I didn't have the time else I would of enjoyed renting a bike and tooling around on it. And very few wear helmets, typically the speed is fairly low and accidents are few, especially between cars and bikes, bikes to bikes happen and they just deal with it. While I still think a proper lid would be better the risk is much lower than countries like the USA and it's deemed acceptable. In fact, the one guy I talked to said that if you are wearing a helmet you are seen as sort of a "jerk" and are avoided. I think you are seen more as what we would call a "poser" and therefore someone who is taking risk and they simply try and avoid you to avoid risk to themselves.

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i only really wear a helmet when i am commuting because of the cars. on MUPs i'd rather not wear my helmet.
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Want to see some interesting traffic interaction? This is a webcam from Amsterdam...

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I'm glad you posted that. I kept it open on a browser tab for a couple weeks, just to look at that corner in Amsterdam a couple times a day. If I ever make it to Holland, I'm going to find "my" little corner.

This little corner, to my mind, is what we should be aiming for in America. I don't think the popularity of cycling there has to do with the climate of Amsterdam, or the smaller size of the country. I think widespread cycling there is largely the result, as fietsbob said above, of political will. The Dutch decided back in the 1960s that too many children were being killed by car accidents. They thought that the best way to stop this slaughter was to make the streets safe and comfortable for all users. Adult cycling was largely a by-product of this decision to make the streets safer for children. Streets that are safe and comfortable enough for kids are also inviting for adults who want to walk and ride bikes.
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A fun video to watch.

I have always been all for more people getting into cycling in the USA, but that is a bit too close to the traffic auto logjams I see here around Chicagoland.

Ah well, better bike congestion than cars
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I was in Amsterdam several years ago, the funny sight was you would see where a bike was locked up against a fence, then had every removeable part stolen, so the only thing left was the frame.

When we got off the train, this was the first site I saw, a parking garage full of bikes.
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Yeah, they are pretty cool. I've been to the Netherlands twice. Visited a few cities like Amsterdam, Utrecht and Leiden. Dedicated bike lanes were all over the place, and the video really wasn't exaggeration at all. Mighty impressive.
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I was in Amsterdam several years ago, the funny sight was you would see where a bike was locked up against a fence, then had every removeable part stolen, so the only thing left was the frame.

When we got off the train, this was the first site I saw, a parking garage full of bikes.
I see the Amsterdam Centraal station right there.
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