Bikes are everywhere in Groningen –
And by everywhere, I mean, even IKEA has bike parking. I wanted to say, “how the heck to you get out of an IKEA shopping trip on just a BIKE,” but then, we did.
Sometimes the bikes are artistically parked, like the first picture in this post, and others are just the perfect color –
Or have cute names –
Some are bought, then stolen (like our bike was three weeks in), which makes some residents refer to it as, ‘the giant bike borrowing community in Groningen’ – you buy a bike, which gets stolen, you buy another bike hoping it wasn’t stolen, and on and on and on.
So then you put it on your boat house to discourage that cycle –
And that is just a snapshot of life (or a handful) in the Netherlands – street bike style.