One of my first impressions of Belgium, aside from the gloomy gray skies, were bikes. On the train with a friend I hadn’t seen in a few years, I stopped mid sentence, as I pressed my face to the window and gaped at the bicycle parking lot. “Holy cow,” I muttered.
“Oh yeah, we love our bikes. That’s common. And you can’t see the whole thing from the train window,” my friend replied. Though she had been traveling the world for the last 2 years and was in her own country for only a handful of weeks for the first time in a year, it was normal. No surprise.
We’re all a product of our environment and what’s normal to us. I love cities that are bik-able and bicycle friendly… being from the vast US of A, I always question where we went wrong in designing our cities. I know the answer- politics and economics. The story to sell more cars and reduce trains and design cities for cars.
Here’s a few snapshots in honor of Flashback Photo Friday of bikes in Belgium