Comment 43083

By michaelcumming (registered) - website | Posted July 10, 2010 at 12:58:33

When we lived in Rotterdam I commuted to my job in Delft every single day, for 4 1/2 years, except one (when it was snowing heavily). Here, I am bit afraid of riding my bike (except for the loop I take by Princes Point). I love cycling. I just don't want to die doing it.

Living in the Netherlands can drive you crazy. What I found was that on those crazy days I would just need to get on my bike and everything started looking a whole lot better - the instant I got in the saddle. Cycling was the best mental health support system I could imagine. I have heard the same thing from several ex-pats in Holland: the absolute best times in that country for them were when they were riding their bike. It was an essential part of their coping strategy.

Where I work on Emerald and Main I see a lot of people living in group homes. Many appear not to be that happy. I bet safe cycling would have the same effect on them as it did for me. We just need to build more bike paths to make this a reality.

Cycling around on stress-free bike paths is a life-affirming, happiness-promoting act. Rent a bike from any Dutch train station and I'm sure you would agree.

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