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Photographer's Note

It's fairly common knowledge that the bicycle is a popular mode of transport in the Netherlands with it's generally flat landscape and extensive network of cycle tracks, making it relatively safe & easy to get about there.

This picture shows a little of the Dutch hardiness which is also common. Young and old, the Dutch get to & from work, school and the shops etc. by bicycle... whatever the weather!

There are cycle tracks throughout the whole country, between cities as well as in town.
In towns/cities the tracks are often just a lane at the side of the road but where space allows they are built completely segregated from the roadways, thus increasing the users safety.
Outside town, the paths are often nothing more than gravel tracks and not always adjacent to the main roads. Even so they a very well signposted and maped, thus ensuring the many tourists that use each year can get from A to B safely and without getting lost!

There is an excellent article entitled "Cycling in the Netherlands" in the Wikipedia free encyclopedia which goes into considerably more detail on cycling rules & signals etc. Well worth a read if you are thinking of visiting and using a bicycle to get around.

Happy cycling (and snapping).

Footnote on the picture:
This shot was taken B&W in camera. I did try the same view in colour but it looked just the same really.

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