Bicycle Anecdotes from Amsterdam & Groningen [  STREETFILMS ( via treehugger ) ] with a nice cross-section of commentary on life in the City of Bikes. Amsterdam has 263,000 cars, 881,000 bicycles and 811,185 people. If I had to park my bike anywhere, it would most certainly be in Amsterdam.

Groningen decided in the 1970s to enact policies to make it easier to walk and bike, and discourage the use of cars in the city center. By  pedestrianizing  some streets, building cycle tracks everywhere, and creating a unique transportation circulation pattern that prohibits vehicles from cutting through the city, Groningen actually made the bicycle — in most cases — the fastest and most preferred choice of transportation.

FEATURED IMAGE CREDIT: Francesco Scaramella

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