While visiting Amsterdam, you will likely see beautifully decorated flower bikes sprinkled across the city. These flower bikes, which are fabulously decorated bikes with flowers, clocks, brightly colored butterflies, and other floral-inspired features, are not a new feature in Amsterdam. And they have a pretty cool story behind their beauty.
We’ve lived in Amsterdam for a few years and have spotted all the flower bikes. Lucky for you, we have created a flower bike route for you to explore and see all the flower bikes in Amsterdam. Here’s a story about the man behind the bikes and my experience meeting him in person.
The Story About the Flower Bike Man, Warren Gregory
An American man named Warren Gregory is behind the flower bikes in Amsterdam, and his story is fantastic. He has become so iconic to the locals that he is now known as the Flower Bike Man.
Warren’s story begins years ago when his wife Michelle couldn’t find the bike she relied on to get around town. Warren’s wife suffers from epilepsy and often struggles with memory issues.
Knowing this could happen again, Warren decorated Michelle’s bike so she wouldn’t struggle to find it. After this, he started decorating bikes around town.
Warren’s primary motivation for decorating the bikes with flowers was to ensure his wife could find her bike, but the entire experience changed the course of his life. He spent some time decorating abandoned bikes that he left along her route home each day. Michelle had a bike to ride home and always knew the way.
Warren continues to make these beautiful flower bikes using bright flowers (both real and synthetic flowers). He is noted as a nice guy and a creative artist, but people love Warren’s bicycles so much they’ve taken over Instagram. You can follow along with the hashtag #FlowerBikeMan.
It gave him peace of mind knowing Michelle rides a bike he created and one that is easily accessible to him. He makes these bikes from his small houseboat. Whenever he creates a new bike, he takes it out before dawn to display it on random streets.
Today, he is often hired to create bikes for local companies and festivals.
How Can You Find Warrant Gregory, the Flower Bike Man, and the Flower Bike Route?
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