We Love this Endearing Dutch Cycling Activity

When riding a bike for your everyday needs is readily accessible, practical, and enjoyable, you start to see some unique habits develop.

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A musical couple rides hand in hand in Amsterdam. Photo by David Niddrie

A musical couple rides hand in hand in Amsterdam. Photo by David Niddrie

When riding a bike for your everyday needs is readily accessible, practical, and enjoyable, you start to see some unique habits develop. Perhaps the most endearing activity you will see on the many Dutch cycle tracks and quiet park paths is couples riding side by side and hand in hand.

Couples and family members can often be found riding this way, whether it’s a full hand within hand grip or a palm and fingers gently placed on a forearm or shoulder. The gesture is intimate, endearing, and quite honestly, romantic.

Riding hand in hand in Delft. Photo by David Niddrie

Riding hand in hand in Delft. Photo by David Niddrie

Riding around Vondelpark in Amsterdam holding hands is an activity for both young and old. Photo by David Niddrie

Riding around Vondelpark in Amsterdam holding hands is an activity for both young and old. Photo by David Niddrie

6 Comments

  • Vehicles of pure joy. The way cycling should be. We LOVE this!

  • Alicia guerra

    Sweetiest thing ever when they are elderly. We saw many couples holding hands with baskets full of groceries. Live the bike riding culture in Amsterdam.

  • Edwin

    These days the biggest cycling issue over here is whether it is raining or whether you can hear people on electric bikes swishing past you or whether someone is whatsapping or facebooking on the bike. My personal challenge is whether I can get to work without putting my hands on the handlebars too often. Cycling life is good in The Netherlands!

  • When you foot is the break this becomes easy. Nice article in time for Valentines.

  • So awesome! We just published a blog post on this yesterday: “Holding Hands on Two Wheels in 10 Romantic Destinations”

    See the photo of the innkeepers holding hands on the Sparta-Elroy trail…gush.

  • Sieneke

    Got to love them Dutchies. They know how cycling is done! At any given time, in any given state of being.

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