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Amsterdam Children Fighting Car Culture in 1972

Bicycle Dutch posted a great piece on this 1972 documentary and the beginnings of Amsterdam’s transformation into the bicycle and pedestrian friendly place it is today. Nothing is perfect and there are still plenty of motor vehicles in the Netherlands, and the traffic deaths that come with them, but it’s been quite the transformation over the past 40 years. All residential streets in Amsterdam today have a speed limit of 18 mph, just as the Dutch traffic expert in this film pointed out as a potential to bring back neighborhood and save children’s lives. Check out the English-subtitled video above, read the entire article at bicycledutch.wordpress.com and get inspired to fight the good fight in your town.

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