Saturday, 24 October 2009
Mark Wagenbuur has made a wonderful video combining views of cycling in the Netherlands in the 1950s.
The remarkable thing about it is how familiar all of it looks. There's exactly the same level of cycle helmet wearing as in the country now, roughly the same number of people riding on back carriers, children on bikes, "ordinary clothes", practical bikes and smiling faces.
More specifically, compare the scene at 1:15 with part of a video I made of the fietsvierdaagse last year. Even the four wheel "family sized" velomobile at 1:40 has a modern day analogue in the Netherlands.
And that bloemencorso at the end... We went (by bike of course) to one this year, but I've not put it on the blog yet.
Another video from the 1950s that I like a lot is this one. Sadly, though, Britain does look as it used to.