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!
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.
Consequently, I sought to photograph a bicycle’s perspective while in The Hague. Have a look!
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!”
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.
As always, leave thoughts, you know!