Published on Jan 14, 2013
Amsterdam is one of the most bicycle-friendly large cities in the world and is a centre of bicycle culture with good facilities for cyclists such as bike paths and bike racks, and several guarded bike storage garages (Fietsenstalling) which can be used for a nominal fee. In 2006, there were about 465,000 bicycles in Amsterdam. Theft is widespread — in 2005, about 54,000 bicycles were stolen in Amsterdam. Bicycles are used by all socio-economic groups because of their convenience, Amsterdam’s small size, the 400 km of bike paths, the flat terrain, and the arguable inconvenience of driving an automobile.
The very first thing I noticed in watching this video (be sure to use HD 1020p) is that even in Amsterdam the bike lane can be blocked while trucks are unloading goods for the shops along the pathway. I wonder if the Chicago ChainLink Forum crowd would find this disturbing? They are constantly complaining that trucks use the bike lane for this same purpose. But it appears that even in a very mature cycling environment the population tolerates this as a necessity to aid commerce.