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Friday, July 18, 2008

Blogging from Amsterdam

I am in Amsterdam now. Lots of bicycles (600,000 approximately). Will post photos when I return. They have parking lots for bikes. No sports/fitness bikes like in the US. Only utility bikes. They don't lock the bikes to racks. They just lock the rear wheel in hopes someone doesn't pick it up and walk off. No helmets either.

The transit system is so sophisticated that there are street lights for the bikes. Cyclists pull up to the light like a car, but in their own lane. The light changes and you move through the intersection and the light actually has a picture of a bicycle in it.

The weirdest bicycle moment was when we were eating dinner last night. A one legged man doubled on the back of his friends bike. He came down the street and greeted his friend. Then he jumped on the back of the bike. His friend took off with him and his crutches in tow on the rear rack.

More later...


Anonymous said...

Welcome to my home town!

All those observations are indeed perfectly normal to us and it's always nice to experience the same thing through visitors' eyes.



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