There were a lot of differences between my hometown and the enchanting city of Amsterdam. When I’m at home, I love to cycle, but it’s not as widely accepted as it is in the Netherlands – for example, people in cars honking for no reason and sometimes even trying to run you off the road (not fun). For that reason, I was so excited to get to Amsterdam to see the incredible cycling infrastructure they had built.
The multitude of bicycle lanes that weaved their way through the city was really impressive. I had known before arriving in Amsterdam that more people used bicycles than cars as their main mode of transportation, but it was remarkable to witness in person. The abundance of bicycles in Amsterdam that took up almost all the free space was astonishing and a welcome change from what I’m used to. Maybe one day the United States will become more bicycle friendly, but until then enjoy the multitude of bicycles scattered all over Amsterdam.
Do you live in a bicycle friendly city? Do you wish your city was more bicycle friendly? Share your experiences in the comments below!