Abandoned Lines • Becky’s Lines&Squares #24

Abandoned lines for Becky’s Lines&Squares Challenge

We Dutch are associated with more than our fair share of clichés. There’s the dykes, the wooden shoes, the beer, the stroopwafels to name a few. And of course our bicycles.

Abandoned lines square
Abandoned lines…

On average, some 84% of Dutch own a bike. According to this blog that’s more than anywhere else in this world. And with an average ownership of 1,3 bikes per capita (!) we outrank the #2 country Denmark by a landslide.

bicycles-per-resident

I couldn’t find any figures of the average life span of a bicycle. But with so many bikes, and an expected life span of let’s say 15 years that means a fair number of bikes are being discarded every year. While the 15 years are entirely my guestimate, it would mean some 1.5 million bicycles are being discarded every year! And while probably a fair amount of Dutch do the right thing and discard their old bikes properly, I have still to come across one yet…

We rather tend to leave them where we parked them and ‘forget’ about them. Or dump them a little more out of sight. In a canal for instance…

To be continued…

Meanwhile, if you’re really that bored, try and read this…

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  1. Great lines photograph, and I’ve learnt something too! Surprised by high the US is on bikes . . never see anyone on a bike there they are all in their cars!

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