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THE HAGUE: A BICYCLE’S PERSPECTIVE

Have you ever wondered how it’s like to live your life as a bicycle? In another world maybe? No? You just think about yourself!

Man cycles in The Hague, Netherlands.

Well, a while back, I was in the Netherlands and I was really fascinated by how much the Dutch have built a vast network of cycle paths. See, there are cycling lanes, all clearly marked, with separate signs and traffic lights as well. The lanes are wide enough to allow for overtaking and side-by-side cycling. They have also adopted the concept, ‘THE BIKE IS RIGHT’  , that was such an alien concept for me at first and made navigating roads and junctions quite a task but I eventually coped. There is really no doubt that the Dutch have created some of the most coveted bike safe streets in the whole world.

Clearly marked cycling lanes.

Wide enough lanes that allow for overtaking

Wide enough lanes that allow side-by-side cycling

Ubiquitous parking facilities

The bike is right

Consequently, I sought to photograph a bicycle’s perspective while in The Hague. Have a look!

A traffic-free life, how about that?

At times we listen in to your conversations

and always see how the world is full of love!

You humans make us wish we could have families!

We aren’t allowed in some places…

but at times we break the rules by just ignoring them!

We’ve got beautiful homes!

and shoulders to lean on,

really strong shoulders to lean on!

We also make great support systems

and enjoy the best street views!

But we don’t like it when you lock us up!

In my photo walks, I always make new friends, always! The Hague was not an exception. An old woman came to me cycling, stopped and was curious to know what I was up to. Her name is Anna. We had a conversation for well over fifteen minutes and I took this chance to ask about the cycling norm in the Netherlands. I wanted to know whether she was a cyclist, but she heavily rebuked me! “We are not cyclists!We are just Dutch!”

We are not cyclists!

We are just Dutch!

Anna told me how the bike was an integral part of everyday life rather than a specialist’s accessory. For them, the bike is not a symbol of a minority lifestyle but it is part and parcel of their daily lives.

My new friend Anna, cycling away.

As always, leave thoughts, you know!

 

 

36 Responses
  • June Nicole
    May 18, 2017

    The writing, the pictures…all exquisite!!! Really loved this post.???Especially the opening paragraph.???

    • Outside Black
      May 18, 2017

      Thanks for reading June. Haha today you took the ‘First One To Comment’award. I hope you’ll now try cycle to work?

  • Rotuno Kwonyike
    May 18, 2017

    Every aspect has fallen into place so well.
    Just Beautiful. (❤)

    • Outside Black
      May 18, 2017

      Thanks for reading! I am glad you like it.

  • norahkatunga
    May 18, 2017

    ❤❤❤

    • Outside Black
      May 18, 2017

      Thanks for the hearts. I am glad you liked it!

  • YogieOnTheMove
    May 18, 2017

    Looove all the pictures!!!? ? so beautifully taken! Riding a bike in the Netherlands is definitely in my list. Good job.

    • Outside Black
      May 18, 2017

      Thank you!I am glad this made you want to cycle in the Netherlands. You will really love it! Trust me!

  • Wangusi Shirley
    May 18, 2017

    ❤❤❤❤❤

    • Outside Black
      May 18, 2017

      Thank you for reading Shirley!

  • Maria
    May 18, 2017

    What a thoughtful mind you got!!! I realy like it. Good job?. The idea and photography is just amazing??

    • Outside Black
      May 18, 2017

      You have my entire gratitude for reading and commenting! I am really grateful for your very kind words!

  • Daisyandati
    May 18, 2017

    Wow! I love your work! Who knew cycling could be this beautiful

    • Outside Black
      May 19, 2017

      Thank you for reading. Cycling is always beautiful!

  • Maryanne
    May 18, 2017

    Nice photos

    • Outside Black
      May 18, 2017

      Shukran!

  • Charity Mumbe
    May 18, 2017

    This is like the coolest blog post I’ve ever come across??
    So unique ????

    • Outside Black
      May 18, 2017

      Woah! Asante sana!You give me psyche to keep writing.

  • Primah
    May 18, 2017

    This is absolutely amazing ♥

    • Outside Black
      May 18, 2017

      Thank you!

  • Aska Okeyo
    May 18, 2017

    We are not cyclist. We are just dutch???

    • Outside Black
      May 18, 2017

      They are also very cool people!

  • Morgane
    May 18, 2017

    Nous faire découvrir les Pays-Bas en nous plongeant dans le quotidien simple des Néerlandais… Super idée, super original ! Et les photos toujours au top, c’est génial ! Bon, tu connais déjà Strasbourg, et comment le vélo est trèèèèèès important ici, mais c’est vrai que c’est pas aussi extrême avec des autoroutes et des feux pour les deux-roues, ahahah.

    (if you need the translation, tell me !)

    • Outside Black
      May 19, 2017

      Merci beacoup! J’ai compris.Vous êtes très gentil!

  • Keshy
    May 19, 2017

    Such a good read! Your diction is on point! Cheers baba?

    • Outside Black
      May 19, 2017

      Thank you. Haha cheers baba! ?

  • Wairimu kinyua
    May 19, 2017

    This the first blog I am reading and I must say it makes me want to read more of your blogs. Amazing work ??

    • Outside Black
      May 23, 2017

      I really appreciate your comment.You give me psyche to keep posting.

  • Dencey
    June 6, 2017

    This is exquisite!!! Loads of insight laid out so well!!

  • Ogwa Otieno
    June 6, 2017

    Good stuff man. Keep it up

    • Outside Black
      June 6, 2017

      Thank you man! Thanks for reading. Be sharing your thoughts, always. I will be grateful.

  • Cynchie
    July 4, 2017

    This is really nice! You really inspire me!

    • Outside Black
      July 6, 2017

      I am so happy that I inspire you. I am also very happy that you are part and parcel of this blog.

  • Eve
    July 6, 2017

    OMG your words and photographs compliment each other so nicely. True talent right there.

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