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Melissa and Chris Bruntlett and their children, aged 10 and 12, in an Amsterdam park.Modacity
Vancouver is regularly voted one of the world’s most wonderful cities. The Canadian seaport has ocean beaches, it is ringed with mountains, there are expansive parks, there’s lots of skiing, mountain biking and kayaking close by, and – because it is such a cosmopolitan city – it is also a foodies delight. Why would anybody want to leave such a world-class, liveable city? Transportation cycling, that’s why.
Chris and Melissa Bruntlett will soon be moving to Delft in The Netherlands, and they’re taking their two pre-teen children with them. The Bruntlett’s cycle almost everywhere, and even though Vancouver is one of the most bike-friendly cities in North America – downtown is laced with a growing number of curb-protected cycleways, for instance – it’s not enough for this no-car nuclear family.
Chris, an architectural designer, and Melissa, a marketeer, sold their family car in 2010 and bought into the bicycle lifestyle, founding the Modacity cycling advocacy blog that pushed for bike-friendly Vancouver to become even more cycle conscious.
“Lots of streets are still begging for cycle tracks, and we could see ourselves spending the rest of our lives having … arguments and fights [to push Vancouver for more],” Chris told Forbes.
By moving to The Netherlands, the Bruntlett’s will be able to cycle – in safety – in the nation that has led the world on bicycling since 1911.