Cycling in Sydney Australia
I've been in Dordrecht in the Netherlands for the last week. Winter has truly arrived, we have had snow and ice (the lakes are freezing over). One thing that one can't avoid noticing is the Dutch attitude towards bicycles. They are utilitarian, using these bicycles as amode of transport - unlike us Ozzies who make it a matter of athletic performance. Almost all bicycles are of the sit-up version, many of them without gearing.
The Dutch ride their bikes in any weather. The day I arrived it started snowing and I, just having had experienced a 40 degree Sydney summer day, couldn't believe my eyes watching these people riding unperturbed through the driving snow (Just shows what a wuss I have become in my years in Sydney).
Bicycles are everywhere. Many people park their bikes in front of their houses. Often they just use a flimsy ring-lock on the bike. In nearby Rotterdam, bike theft appears to be more of a problem and many places have actual bike garages in front of their houses
In the next few days I'll do an excursion to the Dordrecht train station to document their bicycle parking garage. It's humungous! Watch out for more photos.