Friday, September 05, 2008
Biking to the Supermarket in Amsterdam
There's a great little video showing a persons bike ride to the supermarket in Amsterdam. Click here then click on the video. No "action." Just a slice of life.
Why yes, that is what biking in Amsterdam is like.
But I want to point out something, as a radical. Just notice how few cars there are (that's good!) but notice how those very few cars force all those bikes into a tiny teeny little part of the road.
Amsterdam is a great cycling town. But it could be a lot better.
For starters, bike paths should be three bikes wide. You should be able to bike side-by-side with your friend or lover (it's one of the true joys of life) and still have bikes pass.
I bike to the supermarket here in Astoria. It's a shorter ride and less romantic, but man, nothing carries groceries like big saddle bags.