Since we’re talking transportation and Olympics this month: did you know you can ride a Dutch bike in Richmond during the Games?
Holland’s national railway has sent 400 Dutch rental bicycles over to Richmond, which will be free for use by the public, athletes, and the staff of Holland Heineken House during the Games. (Holland Heineken House is the enormous official Dutch pavilion in Richmond – here’s a Vancouver Sun article about it!)
I was lucky enough to ride one of the bikes last Saturday, February 6, when the bikes debuted in a public bike ride. A huge number of Metro Vancouver’s Dutch residents turned out to claim a bike and ride it along the new Richmond bike trail near the Olympic Oval. Everyone wore orange vests, the national Dutch colour! Here’s a couple of photos.
And in case you are curious, here is the bike route that we took. The RCMP bike patrol helped stop traffic and keep us all going safely!
Plus, here is a video done by the website OranjeinVancouver.com, a Dutch blog about the Vancouver Olympics and Holland! There were some reporters from Dutch media there too, so who knows how far this bike ride was seen :)
I must add that after the bike ride, we were treated to hot chocolate and stroopwafels, delicious Dutch biscuits with caramel-like syrup in the middle. I hope they’ve got more stroopwafels for you to try down at Holland House — they were so good!