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Precious Cargo

November 23, 2010

Three bikes. A million differences.

This was taken on my trip to Amsterdam in 2008.  I love bikes like this.  Sometimes they are just for transporting cargo and sometimes they are used for transporting precious cargo.

These three people sum up a lot about Amsterdam biking.  A stylish woman in jeans and heeled boots.  A dad in casual clothes with his child in a big basket.  An older woman in a heavy, leopard-print coat.  Big, sturdy bikes.  And not a helmet or piece of spandex on any of them.  Cycling is something different in Amsterdam.  It’s not exercise, it’s not a political statement, it’s not a lifestyle.  It’s just life.

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3 Comments
  1. Duncan permalink
    November 23, 2010 4:54 pm

    What will it take for America to really understand an image like this I wonder.

    A severe energy crisis possibly?

    A great picture that tells a story.

    Thanks so much.

    D

  2. November 24, 2010 6:28 pm

    “…it’s not a lifestyle. It’s just life.” Well said!

  3. November 24, 2010 11:22 pm

    I was living in Amsterdam in 2008. Nostalgia…

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