I loved Amsterdam. Of course, what’s not to love – wonderful architecture, museums, tulips, canals, great food and bicycles. I especially loved the bicycles.
With gasoline at $10 a gallon, they have figured out ways to transport themselves, children, pets, groceries, and everything else they need personally or professionally.
There are regular bikes, tricked out bikes, custom bikes, electric bikes and bikes for rent.
Watching the riders zipping around Amsterdam, we immediately noticed not one of them was wearing a bicycle helmet. Everyone on the tour clamored to ask our tour director about the lack of helmets. She laughed and replied “the only people who wear helmets are the Germans who don’t know the war is over.” No offense intended. 🙂
Now ask me if we saw very many cases of obesity in Amsterdam. The answer would be “no.”
The volume of bicycle riders in Amsterdam, the size of the bike lanes, the sound of the ringing bells to announce their presence, and their ability to ride rain or shine just brought a smile to your face. 🙂