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Interesting Article About Bike Riding in the Netherlands

Original post made by Occasional cyclist on Aug 9, 2013

I found this article a very interesting read.Web Link

I think anyone who is interested in bike riding and bike safety should find this a good read.

Comments (10)

Posted by Love bikes, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Aug 10, 2013 at 9:28 am

I like the pictures. Imagine! Folks riding bikes and keeping their inner exhibitionist well confined.

No spandex! No rolling muffin tops! No ridiculous colors.

...and I bet they obey traffic laws!

Posted by euro, a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 10, 2013 at 9:36 am

Bicycle riding in Amsterdam and many other Euro cities is tremendously different from bicycle riding in the USA. Those cities treat bicyclists and pedestrians as legitimate road users and design their roads around them. Very different from the USA where bicyclists and pedestrians are treated like second or third class citizens who are given cheap, inferior, and dangerous road infrastructure.

Posted by Love bikes, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Aug 10, 2013 at 12:30 pm

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Posted by Love bikes, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Aug 10, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Yes, we need to continue to improve the roads for the riders that respect the law.

Both of them.

Posted by Lived there, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 10, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Keep in mind that Dutch and Danish bikes are constructed in ways that allow the wearing of street clothes (chain guards, etc). Bike lanes are separated from traffic by berms, keeping the riders separated from traffic.

Both the Netherlands and Denmark are quite flat, so riding a bicycle is quite easy.

Cargo bikes for carrying children and groceries are actually quite heavy and very difficult to carry up the stairs. They do, however, have two sets of seat belts.

Posted by euro, a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 10, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Palo Alto (and most Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties) are very flat too, at least between Foothill Expressway and the Bay, where most homes and businesses are located. No reason we can't have the same quality bike lanes here as in Europe, if the government wanted this to encourage this instead of drill-baby-drill.

Posted by love bikes, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Aug 10, 2013 at 3:21 pm

"is tremendously different from bicycle riding in the USA"

Yes, I imagine they do not storm through stop signs like the rules do not apply.

Posted by Occasional Cyclist, a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 11, 2013 at 3:18 pm

From my very limited observations of bike riding in Europe I have seen very few bike helmets but plenty of yellow reflecting vests and lights, back and front. It seems that Europeans' safety concerns are more to do with visibility, seeing and being seen, rather than survival after a collision.

If we could copy that mentality and have a prevention rather than cure attitude to bike collisions, we might also get more preventative bike safety conscious as opposed to placing blame after the event.

Posted by euro, a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 11, 2013 at 3:46 pm

I think the reflective vests are only widely used in London, not so much in Europe.

In Europe it is very common for bicyclists to ride in the middle of the lane instead riding in the gutter like Americans do. Bicyclists are much more visible in the middle of the lane, while the gutter seems suicidal for many reasons. Why do Americans do that?

Posted by Occasional Cyclist, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 11, 2013 at 4:02 pm


Last I checked, London is the capital city of a European country.

I have seen reflective vests extensively used in the UK and Ireland. Both are parts of Europe. Both countries have also used bicycles as transportation rather than leisure and recreation for a great part of the 20th and 21st centuries.

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