The Dutch have
more bikes than people. Don’t know if they have more bikes than say, the
Chinese, but it sure seems that way. I remember riding my motorcycle out of
Germany and into the Netherlands and noticing that they actually have bike
trails that follow the highways. Now that is commitment to functional bike
help them get from one place to another, ours (in the US) are much more recreational.
–put your bike on a rack, drive it to the trailhead, ride around, reload the
bike on the car, and go home. It would not be uncommon in the Netherlands to
see a couple peddling to their destination with luggage packs all over their
thought. "A good life." Anyway, it was the inspiration for me to set up my
bike as I saw these riders. Maybe there is some part of the USA where this
is commonplace, but for me, it was Netherlands. Since their government and
people have placed a high priority on bicycle accessibility, it is fitting that they get
inspirational credit, don’t you think?