Why Cycling is So Popular In Some Places But Not Others?

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Why Cycling So Popular In Some Places But Not Others?

When I go to Europe it always amazes me how popular cycling is as compared to the US. Not just the sport of bike racing, but with the general population riding bikes. The only reason I really ever came up with was because the US is more spread out then most of Europe. But that really makes no sense because US cities are just as dense, if not more so, then cities and towns in Europe. So what’s the reason? Culture? Fitness? State of Mind?

I was reading the BBC the other day and came across the below article; it sheds some light on why cycling is popular at least in the Netherlands. I will say that when I was in the Netherlands there were more bikes and people riding bikes then I have seen. Read on…

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Why is cycling so popular in the Netherlands?

There are more bicycles than residents in The Netherlands and in cities like Amsterdam and The Hague up to 70% of all journeys are made by bike. The BBC’s Hague correspondent, Anna Holligan, who rides an omafiets – or “granny style” – bike complete with wicker basket and pedal-back brakes, examines what made everyone get back in the saddle.

Before World War II, journeys in the Netherlands were predominantly made by bike, but in the 1950s and 1960s, as car ownership rocketed, Continue reading