This YouTube video comparing cycling in Holland with cycling in Britain is truly wonderful and well worth watching. What is particularly interesting is that it wasn’t always this way in Holland. They used to have the same problems we have with traffic and air pollution but a spate of child deaths sparked protests and so began the start of policy which favoured bicycles over cars. I’m hopeful that the same is possible here too. Britain and most European cities have an advantage over places in Australia and New Zealand because European cities were built before the invention of the motor vehicle and are compact and easily cyclable and walkable. It’s one of the things I love about living here.
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Fascinating. I didn’t realize that Holland wasn’t always so bike friendly.
I didn’t realise until quite recently either. It makes me hopeful that other places can also achieve what they have.
Hats off to the foresight of Dutch people. They realized the value of cycling forty years ago so the current generations can enjoy its benefits; rather than having to protest.
Dressing is certainly one of the things that puts me off when I think of cycling in Auckland.
Some of the bikes and bike racks in the footage reminded me of my school days. Thanks for sharing this great video.