Comment 99869

By mikeonthemountain (registered) | Posted April 04, 2014 at 17:10:24

It was very relaxing and eye opening to rent a bike and spend two weeks riding around the Netherlands.

The closest thing to a challenge was getting lost in the countryside where english speaking was less expected.

Oh, and accidentally riding through a pedestrian only strip, where a police officer stepped out to correct me so fast I swear it was a starfleet officer that beamed in from thin air.

The whole experience was comfortable and relaxing.

There was incredible separation from vehicles, no exhaust in my face anywhere. Clear bike paths with clear traffic signals. Motorbikes and scooters were zipping by in those same lanes as well, with no contention, stress, or cries of "e-bikes taking over everything mad max style". One just rode. Anywhere and everywhere. And it was no big deal.

That experienced changed me and how I look at things around me. The culture shock occurred not there, but when returning home and resuming my usual commute. The surprise was not at how well that worked, rather at how far we've fallen over here. I have to believe that things can get better.

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