snoqueen wrote:I wonder what all the Dutch people do. They can't take another shower every time they arrive someplace.
They don't. It's commonplace to see Dutch commuters in full office dress. Suits, skirts, heels, you name it. They ride at a more relaxed pace than Madison commuters. Which isn't to say they're slow—long legs and daily riding since childhood means their relaxed pace is our decent clip. And they never wear helmets, which also helps keep things cool.
Not only is the pace more relaxed, the experience
is more relaxed. Dedicated bike lanes separated from the roadway, bike-aware and bike-friendly drivers, everybody (cars, bikes, peds) adhering to their traffic signals.
Still, in summer, even a helmetless relaxed pace can get a little warm. Probably one of the reasons the Dutch are so enthusiastic about electric bikes. (They're incredibly fun to ride—the cycling equivalent of those moving sidewalks in airports that make your normal gait feel like a superhero stride.)