How Amsterdam became the bicycle capital of the world

Read in The Guardian, please read the complete article here. In the 1960s, Dutch cities were increasingly in thrall to motorists, with the car seen as the transport of the future. It took the intolerable toll of child traffic deaths – and fierce activism – to turn Amsterdam into the cycling nirvana of today. There was a time, in the 1950s and 60s, when cyclists were under severe threat of being expelled from Dutch cities by the growing number of cars. Only thanks to fierce activism and a number of decisive events would Amsterdam succeed in becoming what it is, unquestionably, now: the bicycle capital of the world. THINK WE NEED TO DEMONSTRATE, BRISBANE IS 55 YEARS BEHIND, WHO'S KEEN?

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