In some comments on my blog people wonder how to cycle with high heels etc. Well let me explain: a bicycle is for us in the Netherlands a way of transport. Everybody has its own and uses it to go from A to B. To go to school, to do your daily shopping, to bring your kids to school, to friends. We don't dress ourselves in sporty outfits but just wear the clothes we wear the whole day. Cycling in high heels is not so difficult as you mostly use your forefoot to cycle and not your heels, aren't you?
There are of course some sporty types who cycle for a hobby and dress up as professionals and go for many kilometres in high speed in the weekends.
In remote areas children cycle many kilometers to highschool sometimes 10 kilometers or more with strong winds, but they don't mind and mostly cycle in groups and wait for each other. Although I have heard they now often use motorbikes or electric bicyles!
The basket you see in this photo is to transport a doggie on the bike, a safety net over it, keeps him inside.