Why the Dutch very concerned about the bicycle by making specific infrastructure to road bikes?
This question often arises because many people visiting the country this windmill is always shown with so much the number of bicycles used by the public in the Netherlands. In fact, this country is also dubbed as the “Bicycle District”.
There is a story that is long enough to earn the nickname “country cyclists’ this.
After World War II, the Dutch rebuilt their country which was then rapidly increasing economic (economic boom) and followed by a rapid increase in the number of cars circulating in the country. With so many cars that operate high need accommodation as well.
In the 1970s, the Dutch have an energy crisis, economic crisis and there was a very frightening thing that many children are dying because of conditions that do not allow is what encourages people prefer Dutch cycling with mass movements simultaneously.
Until now the Netherlands met by environmentally friendly means of transportation is bicycle.
Percentage of countries in the world where people use bicycles in the country as a means of transportation:
1. The Netherlands 99.1% of total population 16.6 million
2. Denmark 80.1%,
3. Germany 75.8%,
4. Sweden 63.7%,
5. Norway 60.7%,
6. Finland 60.4%,
7. Japan 56.9%,
8. Switzerland 48.8%,
9. Belgium 48%,
10. China reached 37.2% of the total population reaching 1.3 billion
Almost all places of business in Amsterdam are equipped with bicycle parking, sometimes even greater extent than the car park.
In residential areas, places are also provided in the form of iron to tether bicycles. Every family in the Netherlands, on average have two bikes.