Weekly Photo Challenge: Admiration


When visiting Amsterdam, the roads, parking lots, and streets aren’t crowded with cars. Instead, they are crowded with bicycles of all types, shapes, and colors.

I admire these hearty people for their decisionย to make their way around their day-t0-day life on their bicycles using the power of the pedal. They are not only saving fuel and expense, but more importantly, they are staving off the obesity crisis we are experiencing here in the United States.

The Dutch people haven’t fallen victim to a sedentary lifestyle, and for that, I admire them greatly. ย ๐Ÿ™‚

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34 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Admiration

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    Did you see many elders on bikes? I’m curious!

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    • Yes. Our tour guide was around 60, and I asked about grocery shopping. She said that you celebrate your meals and purchase fresh food each day which you can then carry in your bags on the back of the bike. It just blew me away with how creative they got with the bikes to carry children (plural), animals, and store supplies.

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  2. Dan Antion says:

    That’s s lot of bikes! Great shot.

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  3. Rebekah M says:

    Oh, I LOVED seeing Nubble as header image!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    The Netherlands would be great for biking — at least it’s flat!


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  5. sue says:

    At local library today found they now have bikes available! Show your library card and away you go. I was so surprised I didn’t investigate further but I will.

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  6. Good response, Judy. I ride my bike to the library and other places sometimes in the summer, but many of the streets have so much traffic. Often when I’m grocery shopping, I go to several places in the same round, so I’m at least making good use of my van.


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  7. joyroses13 says:

    When we toured Paris, Italy and Swizterland, we noticed the same thing. I believe Europeans are much better at being active than what we are sadly!

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  9. pommepal says:

    I live biking too, but I am lucky to live in a flat area.

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  10. germac4 says:

    I think bike-riding works well in cities with relatively few cars in the city, …here in Canberra we do have cars and bikes, and they are learning to get along …slowly!

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  11. I really like your choice for this challenge, Judy. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. KerryCan says:

    I did a biking tour of part of the Netherlands and loved being part of the biking crowd! The car drivers are so much more accepting of and respectful of bike riders there. I admire that culture, too!

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  13. Murphy's Law says:

    All I can say is HOLY COW!! Lived on my bike and roller skates when I was young. But haven’t been on either in years…..and years!

    In the top photo, I love the one lone bike leaning against the pole. I guess he couldn’t find a parking space!! ๐Ÿ˜œ

    Great choice for photo. Enjoy the weekend.๐Ÿšฒ๐Ÿšฒ๐Ÿšฒ

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  14. pbmgarden says:

    Great images Judy. We have a lot of bicyclers in my area, but nothing approaching this dedication.

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  15. I fear that I’ve fallen more in line with the sedentary lifestyle than I wanted to, but riding a bike might not be the answer for me. Haven’t done it in years, and the experience might not be pretty! Good entry for this challenge.

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  16. Karen says:

    The problem in our country is that everything is so spread out. I think how far I used to have to drive just to go to the grocery store in New Hampshire. I’d never have made it to the top of our hill on a bicycleโ€ฆjust walking to the top had me breathing hard. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  17. Joyce says:

    “Admiration” is the correct word! And especially for their creativity in transporting all sorts of cargo. Was it here where I saw a picture of the dog being driven about on a bike in Amsterdam? I think so!
    Just to add to the story about how soft we Americans are – my daughter told me that Bree just learned to ride her two wheeler and immediately asked if she could ride it to school. OMG! I was horrified! It’s a half mile hike to school but all I could picture was her falling off, getting hit by a car or being sent out the door (shudder!) ALONE! Well, someday, if spring ever does arrive, mommy will accompany her and they’ll take the path that winds through fields in back of their house right up to the school door – whew! (Maybe I should go too – creeping slowly along behind them, “just in case!”)

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  18. Rupali says:

    Wonderful entry.


  19. Oh, my! No traffic jam worries, the only stress would be in finding your own bike among the collection! So great to see so much peddle power, just imagine the savings on fuel and the reduction of emissions.

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  20. reocochran says:

    I would love to visit Amsterdam and enjoyed my trip with you, Judy! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  21. Grandma Kc says:

    That is a very lot of bikes! You are right, we would all be better off if we would just start peddling our tails everywhere! We really do need the exercise!

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  23. Denzil says:

    I always wonder how you find your bike amongst so many thousands!

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  24. I remember when you were visiting there and did a blog post about that and it was amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  25. Laurie Graves says:

    Wow, wow, and wow! Wonderful!

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