Friday, August 28, 2015

Photos of the Bike Culture in Amsterdam

My brother has been living in Germany for the last few months. Before that, he spent time in Australia and ventured over to New Zealand. Over the last year, he's had a first-hand experience of how different countries and communities support and promote biking. It's really opened his eyes and gave him a broader appreciation for biking as a means of transportation.

His recent adventures took him over to Amsterdam. He was kind enough to take some photos of bike-related sights to share what he saw.

His first encounter of the bike culture was at the airport. Here, the cell phone charging stations are human bike pedaling! That would be a great way to burn calories, channel any flying anxiety and have an eco-friendly supply of power. (Could we see this at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport anytime soon?)

This photo is an amazing shot bikes. This demonstrates not only the volume of bike riders in the area, the dedication of bike facilities/parking by the local government and how safe and secure people feel about leaving their bikes parked in an area like this. (What if there was some way to store bike parking like this at Clemson or Furman football games? Would students and locals change their habits to get to the game by bike?)

The next photo is a great example of the narrower streets in Amsterdam and in other European cities. One can understand how it would feel more comfortable to bike on a street like this rather than drive.  

And this final photo says it all. In the Upstate, don't we *heart* biking, too?!

If you've had any international biking experiences or photos, I'd love to hear about them in the comments below!

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