In this fantastic short film from Streetfilms, filmmaker Clarence Eckerson brings us to the city of Groningen in the Netherlands. The effectiveness and efficiency of the bicycling mode in Groningen speaks for itself. Cars are not banned; they’re just strongly discouraged by a city that simply doesn’t embrace them as part of the culture. The result, in terms of transportation and livable streets, is one extremely functional town.
One will also notice how the bicycle in Groningen is not an athletic vehicle used for sport. It is transportation – often rather chic transportation. No carbon fiber razor blades, no speed demons or daredevils, no road-rage entitlement, no scuba shorts with taint padding, no logo-splashed catsuits, no TRON helmets… just civilized, enlightened, happy people using one of the great wonders of engineering to efficiently maneuver around town. This is urban bicycling at its best.