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  •  I guess I live in the (1+ / 0-)
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    Jerry J

    communist capital of the world.

    •  Very cool (2+ / 0-)
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      amsterdam, RosyFinch

      When I was in Belgium last year I saw a bunch of kids on a school trip, they were riding something similar to this;

      I couldn't imagine parents in America let their precious little snow flakes actually sweat, they expect door to door service.

      Funny thing is Amsterdam is hillier than Chicago and we are so far behind the rest of the world in riding bikes.  I am seeing more and more people riding these days but it's still too easy & too cheap to use a car for pretty much everything.  Most people won't do the math of what it really costs to own a car, I think if they did they might reduce the number of cars they own or get rid of them completely.   Especially in a big city, between public transportation, walking/biking and the advent of zipcars there really isn't much of a need for a car.  The dutch do have cooler commuter bikes than here in America, you have all sorts of ways to move people and stuff via bike, we just do see that here and it's a shame.

      •  We have the biking infrastructure (1+ / 0-)
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        in place. So it is really safe to ride a bike. Driving your car in the city is a hassle. It takes longer, you can't find a parking space and if you find one it costs a lot of money. And unless it is raining very hard, it is very pleasant to ride a bike.

        And yes you see really strange bikes. The past 10 years or so, cargo bikes have become very popular. They are our SUV's I guess.

        When I lived in the US, I tried riding my bike, but it wasn't the right bike, and it was dangerous. I really missed it.

        There is a bike shop in Chicago that imports Dutch and Danish bikes.

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