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在冬奥会上,荷兰代表团到哪里都骑着橘色的自行车

更新时间:2018-2-22 19:18:44 来源:纽约时报中文网 作者:佚名

It’s easy to spot members of the Dutch delegation at the Winter Olympics as they travel around on orange bicycles, 132 of which were shipped to South Korea by boat.

在冬奥会上,荷兰代表团到哪都骑着橘色的自行车,很醒目。这些自行车共计132辆,都是用船运到韩国的。

The bikes are helping athletes feel at home. In the Netherlands, bikes outnumber people 22.5 million to 18 million.

这些自行车能让运动员觉得自己像在家乡一样。在荷兰,2250万辆的自行车保有量大大超过了1800万的人口规模。

But the Netherlands wasn’t always a biker’s haven. In the 1950s and ’60s, as people started buying more cars, two-wheelers were beginning to be pushed off the road.

但荷兰并不是一直都是自行车的乐土。在1950年代及1960年代,随着人们开始购买越来越多的汽车,两个轮子的自行车被挤出了路面。

Literally. Bicycle deaths, like traffic deaths as a whole, increased.

的确。自行车事故的死亡人数,与整体交通事故的死亡人数都在上升。

In 1971, about 3,300 people died in traffic accidents, including 400 children. Activist groups sprang up. Stop de Kindermoord (Stop the Child Murder) was among the most prominent.

在1971年,约有3300人在交通事故中丧生,其中包括400名儿童。权益倡导组织涌现了出来。Stop de Kindermoord(停止谋杀儿童)是其中最为著名的。

The number of traffic deaths has dropped since that period. In 2016, the Netherlands saw 629 traffic casualties, about a third of which were bike deaths. Only 12 were children.

自那之后,因交通事故死亡的人数就有所下降。2016年,荷兰的交通事故伤亡人数为629人,其中三分之一为自行车死亡。仅有12人为儿童。

Part of the success story: the country’s bike lanes, a network now measured at about 22,000 miles (or 35,000 kilometers).

之所以出现这个结果的部分原因是:该国的自行车道,这个纵横交错的网络的长度如今约有2.2万英里(约3.5万公里)。

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