…and there I was, at an intersection just on the north side of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. It was a random Friday evening in January; about 28 degrees (F) with a sleet rain gently falling. It was here and at a few other places during my walk to the city center where I tried to peal back the layers of the onion. I wanted to further understand Amsterdam’s cycling success.
I used to say that mild weather was a contributing factor, but as I could no longer take video because my fingers were too frozen and I could hardly make out images of bikes from cars owing to the rain and dim lights (see below), I was prompted to further uncover other explanations. It was not impressive that Amsterdamers biked in the rain and bad weather. We knew that. What was impressive was the shear numbers of people doing so on a Friday evening (after work) in dark and miserable conditions.
Then I came across this–a powerful (yet somewhat related) distillation of what is going on. I am glad I am not the only one who is mildly confused. The quest continues.