Zebra striped bicycle on a canal in Amsterdam

Zebra striped bicycle on a canal in Amsterdam

I am totally in love with the bike culture in the Netherlands.  It’s impressive.  EVERYONE bikes.  Older people, parents toting children (1, 2 or 3 on a single bike!), shoppers, men in business suits, women in high heels.  In Amsterdam, the bike lanes are more than twice as wide as the pedestrian sidewalks where you often have to walk single file.  And the Netherlands has an excellent system of paved paths between towns and cities.  I wish we could do half so well here in America.

Parked bikes, Haarlem

Parked bikes, Haarlem

Getting ready to leave the Grote Market with her purchases

Getting ready to leave the Grote Market with her purchases

Shopping at the market by bike

Shopping at the market by bike

Bike loaded with shopping

Bike loaded with shopping

Mother and daughter biking along a canal in Haarlem

Mother and daughter biking along a canal in Haarlem

Classy rider with heels

Classy rider with heels

Bikes parked along a narrow residential street in Haarlem

Bikes parked along a narrow residential street in Haarlem

My sister called this the latest version of the "covered wagon."

My sister called this the latest version of the “covered wagon.”

Double-decker bike parking near the train station in Delft

Double-decker bike parking near the train station in Delft

Dad with kids

Dad with kids

At the Delft flower market

At the Delft flower market

Innovative carrying solutions

Innovative carrying solutions

This older woman gave a graceful hop onto her bike -- you could tell she had executed this movement thousands of times in her life.

This older woman gave a graceful hop onto her bike — you could tell she had executed this movement thousands of times in her life.

Weekend bikers aon a trail near Zaanse Schaans (example of trail between towns)

Weekend bikers on a trail near Zaanse Schaans (example of trail between towns)

Decorative bike guard on a canal in Amsterdam

Decorative bike guard on a canal in Amsterdam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Trails

July 25, 2009

My husband on the Elliott Bay Trail on Puget Sound

My husband on the Elliott Bay Trail on Puget Sound

My daughter on the Sammamish River Trail near Woodinville

My daughter on the Sammamish River Trail near Woodinville

I like biking.  The Seattle area has miles of paved bike trails, and one of my goals this summer is to explore more of them.  One evening last week my husband and I packed up the bikes, parked at Fisherman’s Terminal in Ballard, and then biked along the Elliott Bay Trail to downtown Seattle.  Mount Rainier’s white peak dominated the horizon over Puget Sound, and the views of the Seattle skyline were impressive.  We biked as far as the fountain at the Olympic Sculpture Park, then turned around for the ride back to Fisherman’s Terminal where we enjoyed salmon fish and chips from Little Chinook’s overlooking the marina.

This week my daughter and I took our yearly ride from Marymoor Park to Woodinville on the Sammamish River Trail.  We biked 5-1/2 miles to the Redhook Brewery, where we stopped for lunch on the patio before heading back.  This ride has become a summer tradition, and it’s always a fun outing.