One of the "hazards" of cycling in the Netherlands is the frequency with which you'll come across large groups riding bikes slowly. Sometimes older people, sometimes children. You have to slow down until it's safe to pass, but I'm not complaining.
On the way home from Groningen a few days ago I came across this school group going somewhere or other. I rode behind them at their pace until it was safe to pass, then videoed them as I went by.
This is a very common sight here, but I usually miss it because I'm usually working when the schools are in session.
|My 11 year old daughter setting off|
on the end of primary school cycle
camping trip. This is not something
done by progressive schools in
"cycling cities" but normal for
almost all Dutch schools.
That applies to primary schools as well as secondary schools. Sometimes they give the students instructions for where they should go, and leave them to find their own way and sometimes the teachers ride with the students.
|The same daughter took this|
photo last week on another
school trip. A good illustration
of the subjective safety which
makes this possible.
In the world's safest country for cycling, anything is possible. The emphasis has been on taking care of real dangers, not imaginary ones.
The road in the video is one of many small country roads which doesn't provide a through route by car, but only by bike.