It doesn’t happen too often, but Holland was covered in snow late last week. Cyclists kept cycling, resulting in some really nice pictures of cyclists in the snow. If the “inexperienced-with-snow” Dutch can do it, teens included, we Canadians can no longer use the argument of a snowy country as a reason not to cycle. Enjoy the screen shots from the nu.nl website I took this weekend. You will notice few cars in the pictures, as many cyclists are separated from faster traffic on special bike paths or cycle through city centres with traffic calming measures.
Many kids cycle to school in the Netherlands, even more so in the north and the east of the country where public transport is less frequent or non-existent. Usually in groups -as in the pics below- they cover considerable distances through the country side. As the sun rises late and sets early in winter, there are a number of weeks that they have to cycle in the dark. Note the special bars on their bikes, an indication that they often cycle into the wind. And windy it can be in Holland. As in standing-on-your-pedals-most- of-the-way windy.
To top it off, here is a quick Utrecht bicycle rush hour in winter You Tube clip you may have seen before, but still entertaining. Here is my blog post on winter cycling in Ottawa’s capital region and a picture of a lone cyclist in a winter storm in Ottawa. Also some pictures after a Montreal winter storm: the day after the night before.
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The source of the pictures is www.nu.nl