Social Mobility

06/07/2011 15:09 by Amsterdamize

I recently stated that bicycles are the most social means of transportation. Some would say I'm merely preaching to the choir, others might quip "Yeah, sure, maybe in your world, over here it's war/we're not even allowed to ride two-abreast/we don't have time for that sort of thing". I understand all that, but putting that aside for a second, I'll go out on a limb and say it's really the case. I witness it every day, the socialization factor is X. Yes, Social Factor X marks this mode. This social mobility is vertical, horizontal and diagonal. It enhances city life, personal experiences & generally puts the observer in a very good mood. A win-win. Using a bike for practical purposes is no different than, aka part of, just going about life, really, so just this fact alone allows every aspect of life to continue, albeit on two wheels (or more). Amsterdamize was established to not talk the talk so much, but show it, so here we go. First up, a man moving his painting by bike. Again, Dutch people carrying stuff on their bike is as ordinary as...well, name anything.
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Then he slows down and gets off his bike. At first I thought he had arrived at his destination. But no, he dismounted because he saw a friend and decided to catch up with him, walking along.
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Others bumping into a friend and catching up... Summer Returns
Which brings us to the classic 'sharing the ride with your offspring'...
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Equal to walking, it also allows you to catch up with the state of affairs on the fly...
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And it helps speed up the shopping together process...despite a few inclines here and there...
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You're also more likely to have some heartwarming interaction with street photographers... Summer Returns Summer Returns
Finishing lunch while making the handicapped more able...
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Strengthening the father-daughter relationship...
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Checking up on your daughter and friends, swimming in the Amstel River... Summer Returns
Finally, when you're a kid, there's no reason not to continue fooling around with your best buddy... Summer Returns Summer Returns Summer Returns Summer Returns Summer Returns Summer Returns
Well, the following ain't half bad, either :)...





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