All about cycling in the Netherlands
Even though it doesn’t rain quite so much as some people think, we do have rainy days in The Netherlands. So what do you do if you cycle on any other day: right, you just continue cycling anyway. It is way too much hassle to think of an alternative to get to work or to your other activities on a rainy day. So you just pull your jacket’s zipper a bit higher, you get out your umbrella or … for those who come really prepared: you put on your rain suit. And then it is just go as usual.
I positioned myself on Vredenburg in Utrecht on one such a rainy afternoon. A street where you can count 577 people cycling in just 15 minutes, outside rush hour. I was there just after 5 o’clock, so really rush hour. And I just recorded all the people passing by in about 10 minutes. Every minute or so there was another wave of people cycling that passed me by. They were clustered because of a traffic light. Even though that is only red for less than a minute, the number of cyclists in this street (over 20,000 per day) makes that the group for every green cycle is then enormous! It was like watching the waves at the beach. Every wave is the same and yet very different. To see the tiny differences you just can’t stop watching… it’s simply fascinating.
This week’s video: Riding in the Rain