The demise of the Car in The Netherlands.


Here you go. The answer to planning, more intimacy and a vital caring community.
Have a look at this video. It shows what bike power can achieve.( and no silly helmets nor lycra clad maniacs)

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16 Responses to “The demise of the Car in The Netherlands.”

  1. Christine Says:

    Terrific! I will show this to my husband, because whenever he sees a local woman taking her two children to school on a bike (with a box), he says “Poor little boys, going to school in a box”. It’s not so strange; depends on where you live and what you’re used to.

    And I like your sense of humour


  2. berlioz1935 Says:

    I absolutely loved it. Thank you Gerard for sharing it. I shared it with my FB friends so they can see how it is done in other countries. The Dutch seem to be very sensible people.


    • gerard oosterman Says:

      The bicycle is the answer for transport problems in cities. Unfortunately in Australia the bicycle and cycling has been hijacked by the ‘tour de France’ mob, and has become a fashion industry item with racing and lycra clad cyclists on dangerous bicycles with their heads down lower that their bums trying to outdo each other in the latest bike and fashion wear.
      Those thin tyres are lethal and it is no wonder they all have to wear helmets.
      We build more highways and buy more and more cars. In fact the opposite should occur. Encourage the use of bikes and public transport by making driving more difficult and more expensive. In Amsterdam they plant trees where previously people used to park their cars, penalising the car and encouraging the use of bicycles. It does work!


      • berlioz Says:

        After I wrote my last comment, about the Dutch being sensible, I went to the mail box and found a letter from Amsterdam. I thought, that is quick. When I opened it I found an invitation to play the lottery in Holland. They shouldn’t have bothered, it went straight into the recycling bin.


  3. M-R Says:

    It’s absolutely BRILLIANT, Gerard ! Oh, if only we had that kind of determination Downunder, eh …?


    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, rumour has it that I was conceived during a stormy day when my parents sought shelter in the lee of this howling wind behind a dyke. They ditched their bikes amongst the reeds and the rest is history but nine months later. I am only here to tell the tale because of that event. Amazing feat of the humble bicycle..


  4. kaytisweetlandrasmussen83 Says:

    Over here it’s all about who can buy the biggest car. I suppose when the problem of pollution, parking and noise get to be too much someone will get the idea to say enough already.


    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes Kaytisweet. It all started to go downhill since Mr Ford. Never enough highways, never enough traffic jams. All encaged in metal boxes, aimless and listlessly going somewhere, anywhere really. Ah, there is the large yellow M. Let’s stop and have a burger. Australia is hooked on the car like nowhere else. I mean, I have one on 4 wheels and…a footrest.


  5. Curt Mekemson Says:

    Got to love bikes. I spent several years commuting on a bike and, for a while, didn’t even own a car. I then spent six months doing a 10,000 mile solo bike ride around North America. When I finally returned to Sacramento, I met my wife when I got off the bike. 🙂 Not quite as good as the conception story but it works for me. LOL –Curt

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  6. hilarycustancegreen Says:

    I didn’t really have time to watch this, but I did and it cheered me no end. Here in Cambridge UK, you see bikes on an almost similar scale, but not so much elsewhere and the car is still supreme. (Sadly, I am a wobbly reluctant cyclist).


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