Posted by: ourtravelingcircus | July 14, 2012

Look, Ma! No helmets!

The rental house came with four bikes. Today we rented two more from the local bike shop so that we can take some all-family trips during our last week here, assuming the weather cooperates. Tim asked the owner if he could rent a helmet for Elizabeth, and the man laughed and said, “No one in the Netherlands wears helmets.”

That’s not quite true, but almost, since I think I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of helmets I’ve observed in use since we came here. I guess this will be a brief, free interlude in the kids’ safe and overprotected American lives. Please don’t tell our pediatrician.



  1. I frequently wonder how on earth we survived childhood – no helmets, basic seat belts, no 5-point harness anything, cribs w/ drop sides, running all over the neighborhood w/o an adult…

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