Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Commuting by Bicycle in the Snow--Netherlands Style

As I watch this video of bike commuting in Utrecht, Netherlands, there are several key points to notice.
  1. No wind, or very little.
  2. No ice, or very little--but the slush could be tricky.
  3. Hats, no hats, scarves . . . the temperature must be just below freezing but not by much.
  4. Fenders and bikes that look a lot like the old Schwinn style 3-speeds.
  5. It ain't no big thing.

Right now as I write, the temperature is about 30 degrees. Wind? "Northwest wind 15 to 25 mph with gusts to around 30 mph increasing to 25 to 35 mph with gusts to around 40 mph."

I wouldn't mind a little snow and no wind. There's something very reassuring, though, about a place that's figured out how to get by--at least in the city--without a car.

Here's one with a little more extreme weather.

I think maybe tomorrow I'll ride my bike--if the wind lets us and I feel strong. Notice my equivocation? Got to stay strong to outlast the flu season. That excuse should last me for a while . . .

Dawn the next morning: 15 degrees Fahrenheit, winds up to 29 MPH, wind chill at -11 degrees . . . ah, well . . .

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