In this extra post I would like to show you a video made by Paul van Bellen from Sydney in Australia, that he shot when he recently visited The Netherlands again. Paul sells Dutch bicycles of the brand Gazelle in Sydney. I’ve known Paul for some years now. In 2011, we met in Assen on the trip he organised for 30 Australians wanting to see more of the Dutch cycling environment. I accompanied the group on their tour of Houten too. Paul was also the driving force behind my talk in Sydney last September. So when he asked me to give some attention to his video, I gladly do. The video has been watched over 2,000 times in just a couple of days so it is doing quite well on its own already. And that’s great, because it is an interesting video!
While I was looking from the distance, Paul asked people outside a supermarket in Utrecht in the Netherlands how they arrived there and why. He then did the same when he returned back to Australia. It is very interesting that what comes natural to the people in the Netherlands and Australia is the complete opposite. While an Australian says he used the car “cos it’s quicker” one of the Dutch girls says “In the city it’s far easier and faster to go on your bike!”
Paul calculated that the average cost of a grocery shopping vehicle in the Netherlands is Aus$ 200. In Australia it is Aus$ 20,000 and yet everyone’s journey to get to the supermarket was under 5 kilometres. The video ends with random but very telling images of cycling in the Netherlands.
Shopping by bike, The Netherlands versus Australia by Paul van Bellen.
I had looked at shopping by bicycle as well. Coincidentally I also filmed outside the very same supermarket Paul filmed at now!