Gardemon, I traveled to Europe from Seattle, WA in 2010. We were in The Netherlands for a few days. Most in our tour group were very impressed with the thousands of people that regularly bike to work and school all around Europe. It is quite different in the U.S, where we drive cars 15- 30 minutes instead of bike.
Many bikers in the US wear special biking clothing with bright colored jackets (for visibility and protection against the elements), and helmets.
In The Netherlands, ladies wore skirts or slacks, and men wore slacks or jeans. Everyone was doing it. I was fascinated to see many, many rows of racks for bicycles, more than on most college campuses in the U.S.
I was impressed. More Americans would have less heart disease if we copied what they are doing in Europe to get to work. I rode my bike more frequently upon returning from that trip.
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