The Netherlands Has More Bikes Than People

This country is facing bike parking shortages, cycling traffic jams

By on November 13th, 2012 15:24 GMT

It now seems that the people in the Netherlands are so much concerned about the environment that they have ended up purchasing more bikes than the country's transportation infrastructure can accommodate for.

According to recent estimates, there are 1.3 bicycles for each citizen in the Netherlands.

Although this might not seem like such a bad thing speaking strictly from an environmental standpoint, the fact remains that having millions of people cycle back and forth on city and country roads on a daily basis leads to traffic jams.

Needless to say, there is always the problem of finding a suitable place to park one's bike when the ride is over.

Tree Hugger
quotes one of Amsterdam's high officials, who wished to stress the fact that, “Bicycles are an integral mode of transport in our city.”

Still, “The busiest bicycle paths are too small for the growing stream of daily cyclists.”

Hopefully, the country will soon find a solution to this problem.