This is what the Dutch wanted as well in 1973!
They experienced a lot of traffic, pollution, accidents and road deaths because of the car industry boom, but also high oil rates and dependence on the Middle-East because of the oil crisis...
So what did the Dutch decide to do?
Protest! Why? They wanted the government to help them get their space back to be able to use their secret weapon they stole from England at the end of the 19th century.
They knew the very special weapon could help them realise all their dreams at the same time!
Oh! Which secret weapon?
Their superior design allowed everyone, including women, elderly, children, to ride faster and in a safer way than their precedents. They gave the chance to ordinary peoplea, rich and poor alike, to broaden their horizons beyond the neighbourhoods in which they lived and to discover a new-found sense of freedom of movement. They were the symbol of a great societal revolution, especially by asserting women and facilitating the suffrage movement.
The ‘Safety bike’, aka the 'English Roadster'
Invented in England in 1885 by JK Starley, engineer from Walthamstow, London.
75% of the Dutch bikes came from the UK in 1895. This type of bike is now incorrectly called ‘Dutch bike’.
Imagine the positive impact if millions of Londoners would cycle too!
Do you like the idea? Would you like to help? At the moment, most Londoners now find cycling too
dangerous, complicated and stressful...
From law-makers to cyclists, through officers, engineers, urban designers, planners, councillors... we can all participate in making cycling in London
safe, easy and nice.
Just across the North Sea, the Dutch have a valuable experience of 40 years in perfecting their cycling urban design standards and planning policies, road user education and equipment, laws and regulations!
Browse our catalogue of articles about cycling behaviours, infrastructure and regulations. Spot the differences between London and the Dutch approach. See what can easily be improved in the UK to make cycling as popular for all as in the Netherlands.
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