Bicycle culture in The Netherlands
A friend recently visited The Netherlands for a family reunion. Over a few weeks, he travelled to four cities and as a keen photographer (and the owner of a new bike for cycling forest trails), James was captivated by the way in which bicycles are part of everyday life. With James’ permission, here are his observations and photographs:
Netherland Bikes – A way of life for all seasons.
It was so nice to see a country that relies so heavily on bikes as a common mode of transport. Walking the streets, one could hear approaching bikes as, in places, there are fewer cars and hence less road noise; aside from under serviced bike chains, or the clinging of bells to advise pedestrians or the laughter and chatter of approaching cyclists or those on their mobile phones. It is truly a country geared for cycling where if an accident occurs it is usually blamed on the vehicle driver. Bikes of all shapes and sizes were pedalling the streets, all times of the day and night whatever the weather.
It was a sight to behold when you arrived at railway stations; the parked bikes in dedicated Bike Parks – some single height bike park racks, others double height racks and then there is the multi-level bike park.
…my less than three year old second cousin, to the quite elderly still cycle daily and everywhere.
The view in the photograph above shows the railway station of Delft. I panned across to see double store racking for cyclist commuters catching the train to the final destination.
I came across a number of bikes that took my interest; some older models and some new – all the same it was very interesting to see how from the very young such as my less than three year old second cousin, to the quite elderly still cycle daily and everywhere.