Wednesday, October 28, 2009

From one city under sea level to another...

Posted By on Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 6:00 PM

click to enlarge Defend NOLA in Amsterdam

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New Orleans is as big a bicycle city as they come in the United States. Thanks to it being almost completely flat, you can make it from A to B anywhere in the city on a bike in about 20 minutes. But New Orleans ain't got NOTHING on Amsterdam. They have dedicated bike lanes throughout the city as well as lights for bikers. For each resident, there's an equal number of bikes.

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Funny, then, that out of the million-plus bikes I came across in my three days there, the one above was one of them. I dunno, maybe it's because 60% of the Netherlands is under sea level and they can relate. Maybe it's because if you trade coffeeshops for jazz pubs, the two cities are almost identical (cept for the whole Nordic thing, which the women there pull off exceedingly well and is all but non-existent down here). Regardless, it was nice to see a slice of home while abroad.

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Oh, and then there was this bike, which defies all explanation (count the number of seats):

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click to enlarge Family bike

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