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Cities of Holland Part 1 of 2

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A couple weeks ago, I spent a week in Holland on business travel. I had 2 days in Amsterdam, 2 days in Haarlem, and the rest of the time I was in Rotterdam.

Holland has amazing transit. You can take public transportation nearly anywhere, but even cooler is their use of bicycles. Everywhere I saw a road or train track, there was a bike lane next to it. I don't mean like a part of the road with a white line that says bike lane. I mean a seperate road with traffic lights and all. It helps that there are no hills in Holland, either.

Outside Haarlem Station

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Many public ways had two lanes of tram in the middle, followed by 1 or 2 lanes on either side for car, followed by a lane on either side for bikes, then finally a sidewalk. BRILLIANT!

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Streets that couldn't accomidate this many modes simply got rid of cars!

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Bike garage?

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Much of Amsterdam had narrow streets, just big enough for a mini, but plenty wide for bikes.

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All of the bridges that I saw also had bike lanes.

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Many of the crosswalks in Rotterdam made a constant audible tick (for the visually impaired so you'd know when you were in proximity), and when it was clear to cross, the ticking sped up. BRILLIANT!

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I want to live there.

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the bikes in the first pic look to be making babies. i don't think i've ever seen so many bikes in one place before...

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Absolutely amazing. This is what the US could be like when our leaders pull their heads out of their asses.

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Thanks for the cool pictures matt!

Bike garage?

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Did you see the ' I Amsterdam ' sign at the museumplein?

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