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Nearly a third of all journeys made in the Netherlands are made by bicycle.
Even the over 65 age group make nearly a quarter of their journeys by bicycle.
Within some cities, over half of all journeys are made by bicycle.
Despite the increasing distances covered by the
Dutch, the bicycle has retained its popularity.
The bicycle is used for more than a quarter of all journeys. In fact for distances up to 7.5 km, the
bicycle is the most popular means of transport.
The Netherlands is the only European nation with more bicycles than people
There is a continuous network of cycle paths, clearly signposted, well maintained
and well lit, with road/cycle path junctions that often give priority to cyclists.
This makes cycling itself convenient, pleasant, and safe.
The needs of cyclists are taken into account in all stages of urban planning.
Urban areas are frequently organized as woonerfs (living streets),
which prioritize cyclists and pedestrians over motorized traffic.
Most children between the age of 10 and 16 cycle to school, and they
develop an early appreciation of the freedom that cycling gives.
Secondary school children quite commonly cycle over 15 km (9.3 mi) in each direction to school.
Utility bicycles which are low in maintenance and suited to load carrying are very popular.
However, all other types of cycles are accommodated on the cycle paths,
from racing bikes with tri-bars through streamlined velomobiles.
The cycle path network supports use at such speeds.
Freight bicycles, carrier cycles, freight tricycles, cargo bikes, cycletrucks, or long johns,
are human powered vehicles designed and constructed specifically for transporting loads.
It is estimated that 90% of the freight bicycles sold in Amsterdam are used primarily to carry children.
The Long John Bicycle is a freight bicycle with the cargo area in front of the rider
and some linkage connecting the steering to the front wheel.
There are certainly numerous varieties of bike carriers.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg, as they say.