all about bicycling in the Netherlands
It’s not so strange that world famous Miffy would ride a bicycle. True, I haven’t seen any other rabbit on a bike, but Miffy is Dutch! So it goes without saying that she would be able to ride a bike. Even more, she is from Utrecht like I am. Or should I say: her creator is.
Dick Bruna is the man behind Miffy, or Nijntje as she is called in Dutch. This is short for Konijntje: little rabbit. I have more in common with the creator of Miffy. We went to the same school in Utrecht, even though we are almost 40 years apart. Last but not least Dick Bruna rides his bike every day like most any Dutchman does, but Dick is well in his eighties! Which only proves that 8 to 80 is no more than a nice catch phrase. In reality the Dutch start cycling when they are younger and continue to do so when they are (a lot) older!
The clear drawing style of Dick Bruna works perfect for children and his work is loved all over the world. Especially in Japan where his style fits in with their traditions. Some even think Miffy is Japanese, but that is definitely not the case. She is as Dutch as a windmill, or should that be Omafiets.
Because his work is so appealing to children it is also used in a friendly method to educate very young children (under six years of age) about how they should behave in traffic.
Miffy and her creator are honored in Utrecht with a statue, a square and a museum.
Her friendly older creator does charity work too. The video shows him at work: bike in his hand. I hope he’ll be able to create a lot more in future and wish for him that he can cycle around the city for as long as possible.