On a recent trip to Amsterdam I was almost run over. And not by a truck or a Range Rover but by a harried mom on a bike, carrying a load of blond-haired tykes to a soccer game. Her vehicle of choice was the "bakfiets," a new version of the old cargo bike, which has a plywood box mounted on the front, the better to show off your kids. And the Queen of the Road was not alone: the bakfiets has become the family status mobile of the Netherlands.

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