In the Netherlands almost everyone cycles. Around 85% of the people owns a bike. Women cycle a bit more often than men and young people between 12 and 18 years old go for a few more rides than the rest. But the differences are small. See below a graph I found on the website of the Fietsersbond, the Dutch Cyclists’ Union, about the amount of bike rides people make per day, per age group.
Cycling gives you independence, you can go wherever you want, when you want and by yourself. This is important for everyone but especially for kids and for elderly. Besides being independent, by cycling they stay active and healthy. I think all around the world people should be able to cycle safely through their cities, no matter what your age is! It makes life so much happier….
Can’t start young enough, right? These young children are hard to keep up with. Did you know a run bicycle like these supports the development of a child’s balance, motor skills and self-confidence?
This post is by our guestblogger Nienke Laan. Nienke is an Amsterdam based photographer. She also works as a researcher at the Amsterdam City Council. Doing research about many topics, and one of them… cycling of course!
Last weekend I was in Twente, a pretty region in the east of the Netherlands. While enjoying a raw herring (a typical Dutch snack) on a square in the village of Rijssen I photographed kids, on their bikes on their own or together. No parents to be seen, just brothers, sisters and friends!
I was a lucky girl this morning. I woke up to one of those Dutch organs playing the Sinterklaasje song–at 8 o’clock in the morning. I stumbled over to my balcony only to learn that Sint was coming! I had the best view, too. A million small children lined the alleyway and were waiting for Sint. He finally came, escorted by cycling Zwarte Pieten and he himself was on a motorbike! Maybe the white horse was ill?
Are you celebrating Sinterklaas tonight? I have my poem ready and the zuurkool is on the stove!
This last Friday of the month, the Cycle Chic Republic collected pictures of mothers and fathers cycling with their kids from all over the world.
In Amsterdam you see many parents cycling with their kids. With one or two kids it is easy enough, but cycling on one bike with three kids is quite a balancing act. Especially when it is not a cargo bike. Our friends from Hungary managed to capture this on film:
The Amsterdam Cycle Chic team spotted this mum. Cycling with two of her kids on her bike (one sitting backwards) and her third child on her own bicycle in Amsterdam City Centre.
This is not the first time we post images of one mum cycling with three kids, check out our other post.
When cycling in Amsterdam, don’t be surprised if you’re overtaken by a little 4-year old speedster on her little pink (or his little blue) bike.
It sometimes looks like Amsterdam toddlers learn how to ride a bike, before they have even taken their first proper step.
To the supermarket, through the Vondelpark, to daycare, just like their parents, today’s youth loves their bicycles.
As a parent, you should however always take into account the tiny legs, small lungs and short concentration span of your child, which together cause some cycling tours with your youngster to end in a public transport ride or a long walk home.