Everyone, say hello to Amsterdamize aka @Amsterdamized on Twitter, one of the most beautiful blogs I've seen with amazing photography...and btw it's about biking in Amsterdam. I position Amsterdamize this way actually as a high compliment.
When photography is captivating and emotionally grabs you, it can be about anything...and you cannot rip yourself away. This is a testament to how the photographer sees the world, and tells a story. In fact, to me, the best photographers are also amazing story tellers...they just use pictures instead of words.
Marc spent a Sunday taking pictures of a typical day in Amsterdam where biking is obviously a huge part of life over there. His post is filled with incredible photos and you must check them out...along with the rest of his blog. You will seriously get lost in the magic of the photos!
Marc happily allowed me to share a few so I could point you all his direction so you can see how biking is embraced in Amsterdam. I'm thinking we Americans can learn much from them over there!
Scrolling through the pictures, I realized that I've only seen biking pictures in reference to exercise or competition like the Tour de France. I've never really seen everyday people in everyday clothes and shoes just biking around town going to work, church, the store, or to meet friends.
In the US, we are so car centric that we forget that biking is also an awesome means for transportation. In fact, in this article from The League of American Bicyclists:
According to the Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey, 25 percent of all trips are made within a mile of the home, 40 percent of all trips are within two miles of the home, and 50 percent of the working population commutes five miles or less to work.
So, if we are all not going that far, then why not do more biking? And especially now since gas is creeping up to almost $5 per gallon. We've gotten a glimpse of how sitting is wrecking us. Biking is such an easy way to get in some exercise.
Over in Amsterdam, they make biking look like a wonderful life. Yes, I am a romantic...and that makes life magical. Even more than ever, I want to get a bike. Saving up my dollars now! How about you?