Here’s a short video from Kona Bikes that I saw over on the Rolling Lifestyle blog about cycling in Amsterdam. Many say that Amsterdam is the cycling capital of the world, with around 40% of all trips made by bicycle. Forty percent! In the United States, the average trips made by bicycle are under 1% of all travel methods.
When watching the video, notice that the makeup of the urban cyclist spans all walks of life. The young, the old, male, female, and even mothers with children. Urban cycling is not just for the fitness nut, environmentalist, college student, or thrill seeker. Everyone does it.
I don’t think I saw a helmet or other bit of cycling gear in the video either. The city bikes they’re using aren’t built for speed, and nobody looks especially in a hurry. There are so many bikes, that there is safety in numbers. Motorists are expecting bikes and are patient with the cyclists. Additionally, they have built an amazing bicycling infrastructure in the city, adding more to the safety of cyclists. Only a few cities in the United States have come close to what Amsterdam has done. This video really shows what can be accomplished, and dismisses our American arguments that cycling is just not practical for everyday life.