City Hopping - Long weekend to the Netherlands, 8-12 October 2020
City hopping to Amsterdam and then waking up in Rotterdam… who would’ve thought?
Just a few pics from last night. After work we will be on our way back to Amsterdam where we will spent the weekend.
Okay, so scooters without helmets is a thing… bicycles like no other place and… declaration forms to confirm you don’t have Covid-19 or been in contact with anyone who does (too your knowledge). This is how it’s done here in the Netherlands .
And then we left back from Rotterdam for Amsterdam to spend a weekend of pre-birthday celebrations with my husband.
Upon arriving in Amsterdam you can’t help noticing all the bicycles. Let me say that again… thousands and thousands of bicycles with it’s own bicycle parking garage by the central station!
Seemingly just about everyone here rides a bike. It is not unusual to see mothers, grandmothers, business people, police officers, old and young hippies, and so on happily bike along. Some people walk their dogs by bike. Others use it to bring home groceries, flowers, furniture, children, girlfriends or anything else one can think of.
As of 2017, 68% of traffic to and from work or school is by bike, and bikes account for 36% of all traffic movements in Amsterdam. In fact, it was long said that the 811.000 people who live in Amsterdam own an estimated 881,000 bicycles. In other words, there are more bikes than residents. Statistics being what they are, no one knows for sure, of course. Suffice it to say that in a city built for pedestrians a bicycle is the most logical form of transportation.
Bikes come in all shapes, sizes and colors. A group of alternative artists in Amsterdam North custom-welds two or more bike frames into fantastic creations that have its riders tower high above the road. Young urban professionals tend to like purpose-built bikes – such as models designed to carry two or more children.