Boston Globe: A cyclist’s mecca, lessons for Boston

Boston Globe: A cyclist’s mecca, with lessons for Boston. By innovating ways for cars and bikes to share the road, the Dutch have set the safety standard.

HOUTEN, the Netherlands — The intersection at De Koppeling Street is the kind of sight that might render a Bostonian speechless.

It’s a double-decker roundabout.

The top level functions like a normal rotary, cars entering and leaving from four directions. That bit of controlled chaos New Englanders know well.

But on a level just below the cars, there’s another rotary, this one is just for bikes. As cars flow through the circle overhead, a steady stream of businessmen and moms and 12-year-olds wend their way through the intersection on their bicycles, safe, separated from cars, and undisturbed.

Read more: http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/09/21/bicycling-dutch-way/kFRT0ABSPtUnXMIUj5zONM/story.html

Screen Shot 2013-09-24 at 11.18.03 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

myamsterdambike.com

The Babboe cargo bike is a combined effort of a number of Dutch parents who wanted to have a cargo bike, but thought they were too expensive. As a result, they decided to develop their own top quality, yet affordable, cargo bike. The first Babboe cargo bikes were produced and sold in 2007 in the Netherlands. We have listened carefully to other parents and customers, and we are constantly on the lookout for product improvements and new (accessory) ideas. In Holland, Denmark and several other European countries many parents and dog lovers have a trendy 'bakfiets' to get around easily and safely In the Netherlands over 20,000 Babboe bikes have been sold and the Babboe is now the number one selling quality AND budget cargo bike. Every trendy family has one.We took our own ‘bakfiets’ from the Netherlands. This is the Dutch cargobike that most parents in The Netherlands use to bring their children to daycare, school, swim classes, playground, grocery or just to enjoy being outside. We loved cycling in Somerville and Boston on this bike. We could get around easily and safely with our kids, instead of always have to take the car or walk. We wanted other people to have this same wonderful feeling on a sunny day. And don't worry about hills, it has 7 gears! We know how important it is for a city to get people on bikes and out of the car. This helps create a green city and a more healthy environment. The team at myamsterdambike.com thinks this wonderful bike contributes to this greater cause. And at the same time you can transport your children, pets or groceries safely!