A World on Two Wheels

Can you imagine a city where bikes rule? Flashback to the Netherlands’ vibrant mid-century bike culture.
Netherlands bikes to work

What if bicycles ruled the road?

In the spirit of National Bike Month, here's a glimpse at what a society based on the power of two wheels looked like—not that long ago. In the Netherlands, in the 1950s, bike culture boomed.

The trend has continued today, making the country one of the most bike-friendly in the world and an inspiring example for an increasingly traffic-choked and fossil fuel-dependent planet.

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