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It’s planning, not DNA

June 14, 2012

Via Jay Walljasper:

It’s planning, not DNA. Holland may seem unique, but there’s nothing all that special about Dutch bikers. Rather, almost all of the bike-friendly innovations Holland now boasts stem from careful government planning. The spark was the 1970s oil crisis. Desperate to find alternatives to a car-dependent culture, Holland embarked on a generation-long experiment that’s now bearing fruit. The takeaway, says Walljasper, is that this success can be repeated anywhere—even here.

  1. June 15, 2012 8:58 am

    Exactly! I’m looking forward to my second trip to the Netherlands, next week. On our last trip we rented bikes to get us around Amsterdam, and the experience changed the way I think about biking around NY. I don’t *have to* race for my life when I’m just trying to get from point A to point B. I can just take it easy and enjoy the ride, and we should have more separated bike paths so that cyclists are comfortable doing this. This trip we’re including a bike trip down to Amersfoort, over to Utrecht, and back up to Amsterdam — can’t wait!

  2. June 15, 2012 9:56 am

    Enjoy! It is definitely amazing how a visit over there changes your perspective. It certainly changed mine.

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