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By Yokota Fritz
Crown Prince Willem Alexander of the Netherlands carries his daughters, Princess Alexia and Princess Catharina, in his box bike while his wife Princess Maxima totes Princess Ariane on the back of her bicycle.
By Yokota Fritz
The Netherlands is known as the land with more bikes than people. Because so many people use bikes to get around, air pollution is not a problem in this densely populated country. The average Dutch person cycles 3 kilometers per day on the 19,000 miles of paths and lanes provided exclusively for bicycle use. Up to 50% of the population uses a bike regularly for travel.
The Dutch bike industry reports that they are experiencing a bike boom with increased sales over previous years. According to Statistics Netherlands, 15% more bikes and mopeds were sold in 2006 over 2005, with an expectation of even greater growth in 2007, with domestic bike production and imports of bikes up significantly.
This is a little off-topic. I uploaded a tv-program 'Cyckelkultur i Danmark' (Bike Culture in Denmark) onto Gigasize. Download at
'Cykelkultur i Danmark' (2003, produced by '3113film')
262 MB, 28 minutes, 600x400 MP4
There's a little bit about many things, from exotic and vintage bike designs to the everyday use of bikes for transportation.
The reporter speaks Swedish, interviewees Danish and French. There are no subtitles (maybe someone can make English subtitles?). The film was shown on FST5 (the Swedish-language department of the Finnish public broadcasting company YLE).
no helmet on even the baby?
Bike boom in... the Netherlands?