Going Dutch: University Of Colorado Professor Studies Dutch Cycling Culture

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Bicycling in Amsterdam
Bicycling in Amsterdam.

Boulder, Denver, and Fort Collins consistently turn up on lists of the most bike-friendly cities in the United States. But when it comes to cycling, Americans arguably have nothing on the Dutch.

In the Netherlands, almost everyone rides a bike -- to school, to work, to shops. Cycling, says University of Colorado environmental studies professor Kevin Krizek, is part of the DNA of every citizen in the Netherlands. And yet, there have been very few academic studies of Dutch bicycling.

Krizek has just begun a three-year research project to find out why the Dutch are so fond of cycling. He hopes his findings will help inform urban planners in the United States.

He spoke with Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner.