One of the biggest problems I will have whenever I leave the Netherlands for another adopted country will be biking. Biking everywhere. At any weather. With good bike paths and careful drivers.
Biking is deeply imprinted in Dutch culture, kids start traveling on their parents’ bikes as soon as they can sit up on their own, start biking next to their parents on tiny bikes, and then eventually go to school, work, to a night out, to a fancy dress gala on a bike.
Expats tend to love this, even though I have met a handful people who have refused to get bikes. This can work in Utrecht where you could still walk home from a night out (if you lived relatively close to the center), but much harder in bigger cities like Amsterdam and Rotterdam.
Recently, the European Cyclists’ Federation on Facebook shared this lovely image below, which sums up most of the awesomeness of biking around in your city.
I wish more cities would be bike friendly. Life would be more fun.