I am writing about this because never have I seen bikes in such a huge number and in so many forms. For children, you can buy seats or trailers. There are even special bikes with build-in boxes, the so-called bakfiets. As if this wansn't enough, the Dutch are great when it comes to putting the maximal amount of stuff (including people) on a minimal amount of bikes. Often it looks very dangerous, but I can't help but admire their creativity.
In Warsaw, I didn't cycle a lot. There weren't enough cycling paths, and cycling on the streets was far too dangerous.When I moved to the Netherlands, I bought myself a bike. I wanted to cycle better and as I was pregnant, I wanted to move. I got my daughter to daycare, got on my bike, and went to the park. I didn't cycle a lot because my belly was getting more and more annoying. I tired easily, but felt much more comfortable cycling.
When winter came, I didn't cycle and J. was born. I couldn't cycle in the post partum period, and the weather wasn't inviting either. So my poor bike stood closed up in the shed. Later when the weather got better, I still couldn't cycle because when K. was at daycare, I had J. with me at home, and I was too afraid to cycle with a child.The poor bike waited and waited.
Until one day, we bought a trailer. We took the children for a little ride. My husband had the trailer attached to his bike, and I cycled behind them. I was afraid (I have balance problems and am not a great cyclist), but soon could cycle without problems. The weekend after that, we did the same. We went to Voorburg, around 10km from our place, and then we went for a long walk. I was less tired than I expected to be.
The weather is not nice right now, but I hope that I will make many cicycle trips with my bike. J. will start daycare in September and I will be able to cycle alone.