The Dutch and their bicycles
You might have noticed already that bikes are a significant part of the Dutch culture. But you would never suspect how much the Dutch like to pimp their bikes. Not new bikes. We’re talking 20 year old beat-up pimped Dutch city bikes. With a windshield. And three different locks. And saddle bags for the flowers.
It’s not a Dutch bike unless it has a sturdy book rack on the back. But the rack is used more frequently for a second person to ride on than it is for books. There is a definite routine associated with riding on the back of a Dutch bike. You have to sit “sidesaddle”- man, woman, doesn’t matter, everyone who rides as a passenger sits that way. And you can’t remain on the bike when it comes to a stop. When the bike driver approaches a stoplight, the rider jumps off, and when the driver starts up again, the passenger is expected to run along beside a couple of steps and only jump on when the driver has picked up enough speed.