Love me, love my bike.
Couples who cycle together are more likely to stay together: we have absolutely no proof to back this bold claim up, but we like to think it might be true. It’s Valentine’s Day (in case you didn’t know) so we at Amsterdam Cycle Chic thought it would be the perfect time to celebrate our love for cycling.
Today’s date has provided a great excuse for the Amsterdam Cycle Chic team to reveal what we love most about cycling. We’ve also dug through the archives to bring you some of our favorite ‘loved up’ shots. Over the years we’ve snapped many special moments on the city’s streets, capturing everything from newlyweds to stolen kisses.
Lily: My favorite cycling moment in Amsterdam… summer evenings, cycling home during twilight, with a warm breeze as the last bit of sunset drifts away. When cycling home along the canals after a fun night with friends, you get to see the city in a totally different vibe than during the rest of the year. It’s a magical moment. (Bonus: if no jacket is required!)
Merida: I love the childlike freedom of cycling. You can go anywhere, make your own route, race the trams (even if they don’t know it), and I love the rattle of my bike when I hit a bump. When I cycle with my boyfriend, it’s less of an “aww look how cute we are, romantically cycling through the city” and more of a “what’s the best method to get to where we are going as quickly as possible?”
Klara: Cycling is an essential part of my daily routine. It’s the best way to clear your mind and when you’re gliding along the city streets, you feel truly free. I love pedaling along side by side with my friends, stopping on corners to catch up on the gossip before you go your separate ways. You can’t beat it.
Margarita: I love cycling because it’s cheap, it’s easy, it’s invigorating and it lets me explore and see more of the city than I otherwise would. I can go anywhere! I love being among other people who are cycling. Getting more people out of cars and onto bikes gives local policy and decision-makers leverage to keep improving our streets.
Meredith: I love cycling in Amsterdam because it makes me feel so independent – I can come and go as I please, feel the fresh air (or rain!) on my face, and stop at my favorite shop at a moment’s notice. At the same time, cycling in Amsterdam makes me feel part of the community. In the rush hour swarm with hundreds of others on their bike ride to work, we pedal together, everyone giving each other energy, challenge, and speed. Of course I love to ride with friends, my husband, and my daughter (who just learned how to ride) – but in the end, I really love to ride with the swarm.
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