Just another school pick-up, Dutch-style

A Christiania tricycle outside a Dutch primary school

We live above an elementary school. In addition to the pleasure of hearing non-stop squeals and laughter from the children, I also get to witness the oh-so-Dutch school pick-up at 3pm sharp (1pm on Wednesdays). Here’s how it works.

About 972 bicycles ridden by 972 parents appear out of nowhere and gather in the front of my building at 2:45pm. The bicycle stock includes single-seaters, bikes with a front child’s seat, a rear child’s seat, bikes with a front and a rear child’s seat, Danish-style cargo bikes, Dutch-style cargo bikes, cargo bikes with a rear child’s seat, and that’s about it. Of course there’s a lot of color and accoutrement variety as well.

Source: Dutch Pancake

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