When most people think of bike havens like Copenhagen or Amsterdam, they usually assume that cycling was always prominent there or that such cities are products of crazy Northern Europeans.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Amsterdam was, in fact, at one point taken over by cars. And like other cities at the time, it on track to build enormous, “futuristic” freeways that required entire neighborhoods to be bulldozed.
But rising car death tolls, the oil crisis, and most importantly, a lot of hard work helped bring the streets back to more human modes and speeds.
Here’s the story of how Amsterdam became a great bike city!