Sunday Video: What Defines Dutch Cycling?

Two woman bike without helmets on a street with a bike lane.
(Credit: Bicycle Dutch)

The Dutch love to ride their bikes in some unique ways: carrying friends on fenders, towing their four-legged pals at their side, and carrying on casual conversations in stride. Having spent three weeks in Scandinavia and Holland, the video really speaks of any culture where bicycling is a nearly everyday way of life for most people. It’s a beautiful thing.

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Stephen is an urban planner with a passion for sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He is especially interested in how policies, regulations, and programs can promote positive outcomes for communities. Stephen lives in Kenmore and primarily covers land use and transportation issues for The Urbanist.

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What a contrast. Everyone riding upright and in everyday clothing. Not hunched over as if in the Tour de France. And riding at a sane speed, not trying to terrify pedestrians. If Seattle bike culture was like Holland’s, I’m sure a lot more of us would be riding.

Disgruntled Seattlelite

Seattle has bike culture. Netherlands has a culture of biking. Massive difference.

Until advocates, politicians, and SDOT are able to discern the difference between a bike culture and a culture of biking, very little progress will be made.