On a sunny Wednesday afternoon, I was taking pictures outside a supermarket on Biltstraat in Utrecht – watching people coming and going by bike.
I’d estimate there are around forty to fifty bicycles parked outside the shop here; a steady turnover of people arriving and departing, mingling with those travelling past on the cycle track.
Then this pair appeared.
A dad, with his young daughter standing on the rear rack. Kids do this, rather than sitting down on the rack, because they can see where they’re going.
At the supermarket, they slowed, and stopped.
But just so the daughter could put some rubbish in the bin. They were quickly on their way again.
Looking down on some other children.
It’s a little hard to see, but I realised at this point that the Dad was now talking on his mobile phone (you can see his right elbow is bent, his hand off the handlebars).
This is all perfectly normal behaviour, if the environment is safe and attractive.
At the next side road, I spotted some children playing in the road, with water pistols.
It looked like they had just cycled home from sport, after school, and were now cooling off. They also cooled off the delivery driver who stopped to chat.
Back on the main road, a young boy is carrying a large box.
Followed by a lady in a wheelchair.A five minute window into street life in Utrecht.