Biking Style: Going Dutch (and Danish)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Since the weather is pretty lovely lately, I've been cycling up a storm. It feels super refreshing and strangely freeing to spin the wheels about, doesn't it? Anyhow, last night while catching up on my reading I spotted a fun little article about Dutch and Danish cycling culture. Both are pretty similar and it's totally jaw dropping to think that more than third of the Netherlands' population commutes by bike at all times. Inspiring, isn’t it? It’s like their second nature. The fun think is that till now I couldn’t really make a difference between Danish and Dutch biking style but after reading the article I noticed that Danish bikers are a bit more chic, while Dutch are funkier - nevertheless I adore them both! They are awesome.

Lovelies, how do you commute? By car, subway (metro), do you walk or bike or maybe travel by bus? I mostly walk or bike everywhere. (And we don't own a car as we live downtown - everything is pretty close and easily accessible).

Fun Fact: The Dutch word for bicycle is fiets (pronounced "feets") and in Amsterdam there are much more bikers than drivers on the streets.

P.S: Check out this bicycling rush hour video in Utrecht, Netherlands. Incredible!!!

31 comments:

Fashion art and other fancies said...

The second photograph is my favourite - it has such an individual charm. Ah, I adore Amsterdam for this very reason.

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

love all these classy bikers. i love biking but i don't think i could dress this cute when i go biking. hehe.

Sara said...

I want to be that first girl... so chic and cool. I used to commute by bike, along side heavy, but agreeable traffic. Then I moved to another city that hasn't a clue about following traffic rules and sadly, my daily biking has dwindled. But I live in walking distance. I would hate to drive every day.

Diana Mieczan said...

Fashion art and other fancies, it really does.(and I adore her hairdo).

Diana Mieczan said...

Sara, me too. I couldn't drive anymore. I much rather walk:) Btw: So sorry that your city is not bike-friendly.

Lemanie said...

I truly wish I lived in a big city or Europe so I could cycle everywhere! I'm stuck to a car because I have to! I'd have such toned legs, hehe! I don't know how the Dutch do it, they always look so awesome on bikes or vespas, I'd be a mess!! =P

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Dancing Branflake said...

I love biking! I haven't gone in a while because of an injury but biking in the Spring is one of my favorite ways to relax.

TheChambrayCountess said...

So cool! I had associated the Netherlands with biking, but I had no idea so many people commuted that way. I want a bike so badly!!

Christianna said...

Ooooo, the fashion is great! I would love to live somewhere were biking was how I got around. But I live in the middle of nowhere and I love my Jeep, which I drive everywhere!

Natasha Fatah said...

All the most stylish peeps are always on bicycles.

I need to learn how to ride a bike! :S

xoxo
~Natasha Fatah~

Vintage Market Place said...

I wish we lived in a place where biking was acceptable.
Here walking is barely an option.
We bike thru our enclosed neighborhood and that is about as far as we go. It is just not safe here.

PS I always wonder how the girls with the short skirts bike without showing all their bits???

Amy

Annie said...

I mainly walk and take the bus around.. I would love to ride a bike, but it's too scary to me in a busy city! How cool that a third of the Netherlands' population commutes by bike at all times. Glad you've been cycling around :)

Liz said...

That video is so true! I live in Amsterdam and I am always wanting to take photos of all the gorgeous style and the hustle and bustle at rush hour. I LOVE it! One of my absolute favorite things about living here :)

Ana Degenaar said...

I adore this! Wish I had a bike with a basket and a baby seat. Emma, Bo and I would have a blast.

Diana Mieczan said...

Lemanie, I totally agree! They always look so amazing and put together:)

Diana Mieczan said...

Oh no, Tiffany. Hope you'll feel better soon and Natasha, I bet that you would love biking:)

Diana Mieczan said...

Amy, I think that some of them wear shorts under their skirts and some simply try to be careful. My friend, Amanda mastered cycling in skirts over the years. She bikes to work each morning in heels and skirt like a pro:)

Minnie Kitchen said...

I haven't been on a bike for so long!

rooth said...

Yikes, it has been a long time since I've gone by whizzing along on a bike. I went for a bike ride along the Pacific coast last fall and it was brilliant!

Roselie said...

I love cycling but don't own a bike yet...I usually walk or take the metro. I think it's really cool that the Dutch and Danish are cycling everywhere and oh my I spotted those flowery shorts in the 5th photo and I 'm in love!

Inés said...

Diana, I use to bike in my country, but here, in Santiago, is not so easy, it´s still not a bike-friendly city. But I really enjoy to walk, and I can do it non stop!
I wish I can visit Amsterdam, it looks wonderful!
Thanks for stopping by and commenting, dear!
Big hugs!
Inés

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amy b.s. said...

i wish i looked that cute riding a bike! instead i just look out of breath!

Diana Mieczan said...

Rooth, I bet it was dreamy:)

Diana Mieczan said...

Those shorts are super cute, indeed, Roselie:) Perfect for spring!

Diana said...

I really like my bike, I lived in the city and we road our bikes every where when I was a kid and teen instead of asking our parents for rides. Now im trying to get my stepdaughters to love it just as much!

Love that video!

Samantha said...

I schlep around Boston with a mix of walking, subways, and busses. But this is proof that you can look fabulous while being environmentally friendly! I might consider investing in a cute bike this summer!

Diana Mieczan said...

Sounds great, Samantha! I love what you said: "this is proof that you can look fabulous while being environmentally friendly" - Spot on!

shopgirl said...

Diana, I had the opportunity on past holidays to bike around Copenhagen and Denmark like a native and it felt so right to be doing that. I love these cities. I wish all towns and cities around the world could adopt this type of friendly, bike culture!

p.s. I did notice that Denmark had wider lanes for bicycles and we stayed on the right for slower bicycles and faster bicycles passed on the left (just like car traffic!)

Hope you're doing well!!

Off to read this article about the differences there!
http://rambleswithreese.etsy.com
http://rambleswithreese.blogspot.com

Diana Mieczan said...

Reese, how fantastic and totally interesting about the lanes. I totally agree, I also wish that cities around the world would adapt this friendly and wonderful bike culture.

thingsIlove said...

I'm dutch and I love biking. It's really a part of our culture. This video really shows how crazy it is in Utrecht. I study there and this is what I see every week.

Anonymous said...

nice opinion.. thanks for sharing..

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