Grown-ups ride their bike to work, and children ride their bike to school. Usually without any protection or helmet! Bike helmets are considered as wimpy in the Netherlands...
The Dutch and their bikes
Shirly Agudo moved from the USA to the Netherlands. She wrote a book: The Dutch and their bikes! In this video Shirly talks about her fascination with the Dutch and their bikes!
Me and my bike!
I am one of those Dutch people who uses her bike to get from A to B. This is a picture of me on my bike:
|This is me on my bike!|
As you can see, in the front of my bike I've got a handy little basket, which I use to put my handbag in. And in the back I've got two big bicycle bags for everything I buy.
The perks of riding a bike!
Riding a bike is a cheap way of transportation. And it's very healthy! Here's a list of all the benefits of riding a bike.
1. Riding a bike is easy
Once you've got the hang of it, riding a bike is easy. And once you know how, you'll never forget how to ride a bike! There's a reason people say: 'It's like riding a bike!'
2. Riding a bike is easy to integrate into your life
Because a bike can get you from A to B it's an easy to integrate exercise into your life. If you have to go somewhere, why not take your bike? That way you'll kill two birds with one stone.
3. Riding a bike is a low impact sport
Riding a bike is a low impact sport. Unlike running, where your knees get a beating everytime your foot hits the ground. And if you're overweight, riding a bike is a great way to start shedding those first pounds.
4. Riding a bike is relaxing
Like any other form of exercise riding a bike reduces stress.
5. Riding a bike is good for you brain!
Frequent exercise protects your brain from aging. And it makes your brain more flexible, which is great when you have to figure out how to get your kids to all their after school activities.
If you're interested, have a look at a Dutch shop selling bikes called matrabike.nl. They also sell mountainbikes!
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