Hundreds of bicycles will be removed ahead of the inauguration of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands on April 30th. For one week the world's most famous bicycling monarchy does not want to live up to its reputation.
Bicycles parked in areas around the Royal Palace and the Nieuwe Kerk will be taken away, in an operation which saw Amsterdam already picking up some 600 bikes. And as offenders are cautioned: broken locks will not be compensated.
The measure is necessary, for safety and access, but is not very popular in a city and indeed a country where there are more bicycles than people and where the 'fiets' - as it is called in Dutch - is indeed 'King'. © RoyalblogNL, Hans Jacobs