Amsterdam and its drowned bicycles
After cleaning local canals in Amsterdam, utility workers are removing a huge number of vehicles.
It is known that more than 15,000 bicycles are recovered from the canals of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, every year.
The city’s water authority, Waternet, is using a specially adapted crane on a barge to perform this unique task.
One of the reasons why old bicycles end up in water is because they are recycled.
Most of these bicycles are stolen. Tourists and local youth often take other people’s bicycles and throw them into canals after use.
In this regard, the Dutch have a joke: if you shout in the street. “Hey, that’s my bike!”, then at least three people will jump off their bikes and start running away.