AMSTERDAM Oct 18 (TNS): A photo of a cycling Netherlands Prime Minister to the Royal Palace has gone viral on the Internet – and for the good reasons.
Mark Rutte, who has led Netherlands since 2010, rode on his bicycle to the palace of the King of Netherlands for a meeting.
A photo showed him locking his bicycle upon arrival at the palace with palace guards manning the entrance already adorned with red carpet.
Netherlands, a country of over 17 million, is said to have more bicycles than persons.
Bicycle, which is one of the most healthy and eco-friendly modes of transportation, has been popular amongst the Dutch for decades.
Mr. Rutte’s frequent use of bicycles rather than the clichéd bulletproof automobiles popular amongst political officeholders underscores a lifestyle of humility even in a country that is ranked amongst the wealthiest in the world.