Cycling in Amsterdam is such a different experience than in most parts of North America. The extensive network of bike paths and lanes, relatively compact scale and flat topography all combine to make it easy to cycle. Cycling is an everyday activity for many, its done in regular clothes, even suit and tie, there is no need for a helmet, and riding is done at a relatively easy pace and for the most part, without having to compete with traffic. Read on to view the images I took last week of people going about their travels by bicycle.
At first, it almost seems like some form of utopian Truman Show type existence compared to the North American experience. Every day as we walked around I continued to find it interesting watching all the different type of people go about their daily life and couldn't help snapping numerous pictures as they went by.
Enjoy the images below and think about what we can do to make cycling this normal in North America.