A few weeks ago I met Shirley Agudo, the author of "Bicycle Mania Holland."
Shirley is American. She originally came to this country due to work, but when she had a choice, she chose to live here.
The photos, taken by Shirley herself and three contributing photographers, are really rather wonderful. They're very varied, and show every type of person on every type of bike in every type of weather, carrying every type of impossible cargo. But most of all, they're pleasing on the eye.
The accompanying text gives a short and easily read introduction to cycling in the Netherlands. Why it happens, what other countries could learn from Dutch practice.
The website of the book is here, and it can be ordered from the publisher here.
If you want to see a bit of Dutch cycling without visiting the country, perhaps this book should be on your Christmas list.
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