Thursday, January 19, 2012

Becoming a Bike Culture: How the Dutch Got Their Cycle Paths

We're big into bicycles around here, both as a form of exercise and as a real form of transportation (at least some of us are. I've kind of been the one dragging my feet. That's not because I don't like bicycles, but just because I'm lazy, I don't like winter biking and don't like to have to figure out how to carry things. That said...I love the whole bike culture phenomenon. It's green and it's healthy, so I really want to change my bad habits and start using my bike more). I may try to post some info on bike friendly cities later (after I do more research). Right now I know that Chicago is becoming more bike friendly with more new bike lanes on the way; Portland, Oregon is bike friendly as is Seattle, Washington, and Madison, Wisconsin; New York has some protected bike lanes. And then, of course, there's Europe. Here's a video on the history of bike lanes in the Netherlands.
via The Presurfer


3 comments:

Mary Preston said...

There are bike paths throughout my town, but I prefer to walk. Carrying things is far easier for a start. Don't get me started on the hills!!

Laney4 said...

My 62-year-old husband and my 24-year-old daughter rode their bikes for 6.5 hours one day last August - riding to a home that would normally take an hour to get to when driving by highway, including many hills out in the country. They usually ride to my hometown 25 miles away and back instead (leaving in the morning, stopping to visit friends/eat out, and getting back by mid afternoon), which would take the same hour of driving time by highway, without the hills. They have done this for 18 years now - yes, my daughter was 6 and riding her own small "one-speed" at the time.

I get sore knees riding around the block....

Myrna Mackenzie said...

I love walking, and I do quite a lot of it, but I'd really like to get out on the bike a bit (we have no hills at all here. Otherwise, I might not be so eager).

Eighteen years is a long time, but what a nice tradition!