A friend forwards this picture of a new addition to Amsterdam's specialty bicycles: a bicycle school bus, powered by pedaling children and by one adult driver. It has an electric motor that is only used to go up hills, a canvas top for rainy days, and a sound system. It is made by Tolkaamp Metaalspecials, which also makes the beer bike.
Where bicycles rule. Here in the US, as in many parts of the world, the automobile rules the road. In most European cities, mass transit is the way to go, to avoid snarling car traffic. In Amsterdam, The Netherlands, the bicycle far outnumbers the car and the city is built for bikes rather than cars. Mothers with children ride one bike; businessmen cycle to work with briefcases in tow. And if you are a pedestrian, you'd better watch out -- the bicyclers won't hesitate to mow you down.