F is for…

My nephew Joseph asked me to teach him a little Dutch by making him a Dutch Alfabet. The easiest way for me to do this for him is through my blog. These are written for him, but hopefully anyone else reading this can learn a little Dutch!

F is for Fiets.

When you are in the city, you see bikes parked wherever there is an opening...usually by a canal. The picture was taken in the city of Utrecht.
When you are in the city, you see bikes parked wherever there is an opening…usually by a canal. The picture was taken in the city of Utrecht.

Fiets in Dutch means bicycle.

In the Netherlands, people ride bicycles almost as much as they drive cars. Instead of taking the bus or having their parents drive them to school, most kids in the Netherlands ride their bike.

The Dutch government has been encouraging people to ride bikes because it cuts down on traffic and it’s better for the environment. Because of this they have insured that all roads have special bike lanes, and that the driving laws keep bicyclists safe from the cars. The government works hard to keep bicyclist safe, and they claim that Holland is the safest place for someone to ride a bike.

In bigger cities, like Amsterdam, instead of finding lots of huge parking garages for cars, you will find parking garages for bikes. Some of these garages are three stories high.

AMS-bikes

There are lots of bicycle races in the Netherlands. One of the most famous ones,The Amstel Gold Race, takes place just 30 minutes away of where I live. The race is about 100 miles long and takes 3 days to complete.

While a lot of people like to race bikes, most of the Dutch just ride them to get around, not for racing. Families will also take biking holidays, where they will ride their bike to their vacation instead of taking a car.

It’s fun to ride bikes in the Netherlands, because everyone does it, however, they take it very seriously here, so you can’t get in the bikers way!

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