This is a post from my other blog, Snacks and Adventure, about my experience as a cyclist in Amsterdam. Enjoy!
I was in Amsterdam for the first time a few weeks ago, and I was seriously blown away by the city. In addition to the brown cafes, which were everywhere and were so brimming with local character, and the food, which was delicious, the city had all sorts of distinctive characteristics that made it feel unique (when I was in Strasbourg, everything apart from the cathedral felt like “Generic European City.” Amsterdam felt like Amsterdam.)
As an urban planner, the first thing I noticed was the cycling infrastructure, and the people using it. It was on a scale I’d never seen before. A friend who went to Amsterdam earlier this year complained that, actually, there were so many bikes that people on feet suffered – and I’m inclined to agree. It was not a walker’s paradise.
The space reserved for cycles was unlike anything I’d ever seen. There were cycle…
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