Since I started my school year and the kiddos started to have many activities, I began to use private car as my transportation mode. My hubby was generous enough to let me owned a car for running some household errands here and there. Though I love my babyblu Chevy, I always love and adore my old transportation companion; my bicycle.
It has been made known to the whole world that Netherlands is the land full of bicycle. I might say that Netherlands is a Beijing of the Europe, where there is more than one million bicycle go around 🙂
Why Netherlands is so into bicycle?
I guess I have mentioned it before that Netherlands is a perfect place to go biking because of its flat topography. There’s even a special path on the road made for bicycle/cyclist. As if that’s just not enough, there are also traffic lights for cyclist at some intersections. It makes Netherlands a relatively safe place for biking.
It’s a funny fact, I guess, that kids here not just have to have a swim certificate (as a prep if this land is sinking, I assume hehe), but also have to have a biking certificate before they can cycling around. I’m so surprised with this fact. Though I’m still guessing that it’s not mandatory, it still is quite unusual to my understanding.
Upon writing this story, I pondered to an interesting yet funny fact that I just suddenly realized; in Indonesia it’s so common for a household to have more than one car and only have one to none bicycle, while in the Netherlands it’s really the other way around ^_____^
Back to my story, I live in a small city where I mostly preferred to call it a ‘village’. This town is so small to the point that I can reach the city center in a little more than 5 minutes by bike, and reach the kiddos’ school in just 3 minutes, also by bike. Not to mention other places like swimming pool and city library, places that we visit quite often, are also only few minutes within reach. That was the reason why I rarely used bus, and it never came across my mind to have a car, until recently.
To be able to get around the city with my two kids tag along, I always used a small trailer or cart for bicycle, specialized for toddler (or sometimes the Dutch use it for their pet). We called it here Fietskar; Fiets is the word for bicycle, and kar is the word for cart or small trailer. It’s really handy to use fietskar especially when you go shopping groceries together with these kiddos.
Since my kids don’t fit in the fietskar anymore, so we gave it away to one of my Noni’s classmate. I don’t intend to keep it because my kids are growing healthy and strong to the point that cycling is getting difficult with them sitting in the fietskar behind, while I have to fight through the heavy wind from up front… I guess my aging really limit me on this one ^____*