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Get Outta My Bike Lane, Amsterdamnit!

Hey Bike Commuters. Do you ever find yourself cruising on your commute to work in the happily-allocated bike lanes, only to end up dodging weird obstacles and moving individuals peppered on scooters, rollerblades, shopping carts, or rolling dumpsters? I know I have… (Honolulu commuters: think Ala Wai canal bike lane towards downtown, knowhadImean?)

Scoot it, or boot it, scooter!

Well, in the flat bike-loving city of Amsterdam, it seems a similar battle has begun to unfold: Crotch-rocket scooter commuters are fighting for space in the bike lanes with, well, bicycles! How DARE they, you say? Check out this article from the perspective of a London-based bike commuter that was just released today on The Telegraph, called Battle in the Bike Lanes of Amsterdam.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/expat/expatlife/10634524/Battle-in-the-bike-lanes-of-Amsterdam.html

The author takes a look from both sides: one day, she and her partner rent a souped-up scooter and the next day a Dutch cruiser. Only to realize that it’s every commuter for themselves, lanes and lines be Amsterdamned!

The downside is that when you’re on a scooter all you can think about is how many cars you’ve already overtaken and when you’re on a bike all you can think when you see a scooter is “don’t be an idiot, don’t be an idiot, dontbeanidiot!”.

IMHO, there should be enough room for everybody on the streets: cars, bikes, scooters, pedestrians, and public transit. Can’t we all just get along?!

Traffic jams, pileups, parking problems…on bikes

Commuters here in the U.S. have had it beaten over our heads for years about how amazing the bike culture is in cities like Copenhagen and Amsterdam. In fact, when a U.S. city gets serious about developing bike infrastructure, one of the first tasks is to send planners to visit one of those European cities for a firsthand look at how it all works.

But, those cities are not without their problems:

Problems all-too familiar to car drivers the world over, from traffic jams to road-rage and lack of parking, are now also threatening to turn the Dutch dream of bicycling bliss into a daily hell.

In a small country where bicycles outnumber people by 1.2-million, the Dutch have simply run out of space to accommodate the five million cyclists who take to the road every day, turning commuting in major cities into a nightmare.

Read the rest of the article by visiting South Africa’s Independent Online site.

Too much of a good thing? Personally, I could live with some of that two-wheeled mayhem! How about you?