Picture of Netherlands PM riding bicycle to meet the King goes viral

Photography: Frank van Beek

AMSTERDAM Oct 18 (TNS): A photo of a cycling Netherlands Prime Minister to the Royal Palace has gone viral on the Internet – and for the good reasons.

Mark Rutte, who has led Netherlands since 2010, rode on his bicycle to the palace of the King of Netherlands for a meeting.

A photo showed him locking his bicycle upon arrival at the palace with palace guards manning the entrance already adorned with red carpet.

Netherlands, a country of over 17 million, is said to have more bicycles than persons.

Bicycle, which is one of the most healthy and eco-friendly modes of transportation, has been popular amongst the Dutch for decades.

Mr. Rutte’s frequent use of bicycles rather than the clichéd bulletproof automobiles popular amongst political officeholders underscores a lifestyle of humility even in a country that is ranked amongst the wealthiest in the world.

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gday, ok if I leave my bike here? Yeah, no worries mate. Better lock it in case the queen takes a fancy to it.

Just goes to show when cycling is safe and convenient people jump on bicycles.

Walked across the city last night, past a lot of share bikes, the helmet issue meant I kept on walking (approx. 2.5kms) then just missed my train :S



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