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Why do so many Dutch people cycle?

8 August 2013 Last updated at 09:17 BST

There are more bicycles than residents in The Netherlands. In cities like Amsterdam and The Hague up to 70% of all journeys are made by bike.

This is because of a vast network of cycle paths that are clearly marked, with smooth surfaces, separate signs and lights, and wide enough to allow side-by-side cycling and overtaking.

So with rising levels of obesity, high fuel prices and increasing congestion, what is stopping the UK from going Dutch?

Reporting for BBC Newsnight Anna Holligan travelled from The Hague to Westminster on her trusty "omafiets" ("granny bike") to find out.

Watch Anna's ride from The Hague to the ferry port in one-and-a-half action-packed minutes

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