efe-epaBy Imane Rachidi Amsterdam

Where pedestrians see rusty, old, disused bicycles piling up on corners and parking lots in Amsterdam that appear to be little more than scrap metal, the Roetz factory sees a golden opportunity to restore a quintessential symbol of Dutch life.

But as well as giving the bikes a new lease of life, the factory also provides people with troubled backgrounds a chance to work and turn their own lives around by transforming the rickety two-wheelers that litter the city’s streets into customized, functioning and elegant models, in turn contributing to maintaining and enriching the Netherlands’ cycling heritage and culture.