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The Dutch and their bikes

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The Dutch and their bikes

BBC Article explaining why cycling is so popular here:


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11. Re: The Dutch and their bikes

Plenty of scares in Amsterdam but also many in and around Den Haag,wee've just come back from there,motoring is fun being on an unfamiliar side of the road,trying to watch out for things coming from the 'wrong' direction,listening to a deranged satnav & knowing that a bike could be homing on you any moment,the joys of motoring!

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I was staggered when I was at a pedestrian crossing with the green light for me and cyclists actually stopped! I then glanced over my shoulder to the left and saw a police car!

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More than once, I've seen people ignore red lights - in full view of police. That nearly always results, of course, in a ticket.

But, I mean - how can you miss a motor cop in full fluo-yellow gear, when he's standing next to you? Or how can you miss five or six cops, with ticket books in their hands, on the other side of the street, when you decide to cross the street despite a red light? It seems like some people don't even know it's forbidden…

By the way, the BBC report mentions priority for cyclists on roundabouts - that's only true for a part of the roundabouts. There are quite a lot of roundabouts (often outside built-up areas) where motorized traffic has priority.

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