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Foreigners are often amazed at how easily Dutch people move through busy traffic on their bikes. The cyclist navigates routinely and fearlessly from one side of the road to the other, avoiding cars, mopeds and fellow cyclists with inimitable steering skills. Cycling has been elevated to the highest level of acrobatics in this country.
In some cultures, the bicycle is considered a poor man's vehicle. Not so in the Netherlands, where all walks of life make enthusiastic use of it. The numbers speak for themselves. There are 23 million bicycles for over 17 million Dutch people. On this impressive fleet of two-wheelers, 15 billion kilometers are covered annually on 37,000 km of cycle paths. The great advantage of the bicycle is that it can be used anytime and anywhere. In the city for daily shopping or commuting, at weekends for pleasant trips to the forest, the dunes or the heath. Cycling Paradise is full of cycling adventure, which is why it includes socializing in bicycle cafes, ten wonderful cycling tours that you must have done and cheap and above all cozy overnight stays during your tour via Vriendenopdefiets.nl.
Author Peter de Lange once worked for several national newspapers, but now fills his time mainly with cycling. Just as addicted is Robert van Weperen of Fietserette.nl. He wrote ten beautiful routes especially for this book.