The people of Amsterdam love their bikes. And for good reason. They have dedicated bike lanes everywhere, they have complete right of way and won't hesitate to ring their bells to let you know, you stupid tourist,that you just stepped into a bike lane.
Every one was on bikes, dressed for work, carrying groceries, flowers, briefcases, and once what I was pretty sure was a cello.
These black milk crate looking baskets seemed to be the most popular.
Even the kids rode bikes. These carts were popular and I saw a few that had snap on plastic sheets to protect from rain and cold. I even saw what I think was an entire pre-school class heading out on a trip, two teachers with about 5 kids each in large carts.
There were also little "bike seats" that strapped to the back or front or both (as seen here) of the bikes.
The first time I saw this sight, I told Jason that my American mother friends would completely freak out when they saw this.
And they did.