Earth Day|Bike Life

Fine-art Fiets
As today is Earth Day, what better time to celebrate the oh-so-useful bakfiets. Obviously, it’s environmentally friendly, requiring only pedal power. No fossil fuels required for daily running. More importantly, for anyone who complains about cycling not being convenient when you have to do lots of shopping, carting around kids, etc., here’s a handy solution. (Although, anyone who does complain hasn’t seen just how many people and shopping bags the average Dutch person can fit on a regular bicycle.) One day I saw a family of five and a dog on one bakfiets. It can be done.

The bakfiets is used for everything from the daily school run to moving home. Seriously! With a bit of rope and some extra hands, the bakfiets is surprisingly useful when moving just about anything, judging from some of the things I’ve seen carted around town on one, including potted trees and mattresses.

And as the one pictured here shows, you can add your own personal touch to the paint job, making it easier to find and perhaps less likely to be stolen. Plus, it just looks so much cooler than a minivan.

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4 thoughts on “Earth Day|Bike Life

  1. “One day I saw a family of five and a dog on one bakfiets.” This cracks me up, even though I have no doubts about whether it can be done!

      • lol… me with my 1.82 meters am considered a slightly below average height yeah

        Oh and for moving I’d go for one of the really huge bakfietsen (like the squatters at the unica building used to rent out…. There’s a LOT more space on those than the one in the picture

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