Bicycle - Cycling, Amsterdam
Every Dutch person at least ownes one bike. There are 16 million people in this country and over 30 million bikes. Especially in the big cities like Amsterdam this is a good way of transportation.
I used to have more than one bike as well when I lived in The Netherlands. One normal bike for touring around and one old bike to get to the pub and back again.
there are so many places where you can rent a bike,so if you don't like to walk this will make your sightseeing easier.young people usually use bikes and the town has great organisation of traffic for bicycles.on every corner you have place to "park" it.
You can walk anywhere you need to be in Amsterdam. For everyday life a bicycle will hold you in good stead. Practical, elegant and utilitarian, the bicycle is primary to the good life in Amsterdam.
Just remember to not walk in the bike lanes.
The humble bicycle would appear to be the most common form of transport in Amsterdam. There are sqillions of the things with some impressive bike parks to hold the item until the owner has finished whatever business they are on.
Amsterdam has a great network of cycle lanes all over the city. These lanes are painted red with the cyclist having the right of way, always!! So be warned - if you stray onto the cycle lane you may get run over & it will be your fault. It's hard to remember this so just be wary when you hear a small bell ringing - it's likely a cyclist coming up behind you. Cue a famous Queen song........
Everywhere you go there are BICYCLES. Tons of them. The Dutch love their bikes and Amsterdam sure is a "city of Bikes". I found it very intimidating though, just looking out for them, as they go quite fast and there's so many. Look left, esp on the bike paths. Step in their way and you will get "belled" hehe! With narrow streets and busy traffic, bicycles are THE best way to get around Amsterdam, other than walking . You will see mothers, grandmothers, even police officers on bikes of all shapes (see pic # 4), sizes and colors.
Bikes are parked everywhere too - even chained to the canal bridges. There's even a bike "garage" where you can store your bike for the day.
There are lots of bikes in Amsterdam. Indeed, chances are that if you don't trip over one you'll get run down by one. It's not always the rider's fault: it's not easy riding over wet cobblestones after a few jars of Heineken. Old Cliffie would never suggest that irate pedestrians are to blame - but rather a lot of bikes seem to end up in the canals.
a bicycle is a good transport in amsterdam.
you can slip on the tramrail
dont go on your bike in walking areas like leidsestraat (fine about 23 euros)
bike rental (fietsenverhuur)
some other adresses on website
Personal experience of mine. If you are riding your bicycle in the middle of a small group of about 30 riders and you want to turn left or right - good luck. There are ways of doing it; I have personally seen it done with no injuries, but when I tried it... And guess who the other fallen riders get mad at? And they can swear in English, Dutch, German, French, and probably a couple of other languages. I didn't understand all of it, but it was obvious that I was the object of the well-deserved abuse. If you don't know how to negotiate turns, the safest transportation is walking. I don't think that Amsterdam is the safest place to relearn the art survival on two wheels. (I would have included a picture of the mess, but I was the one at the bottom of the pile.)
Rent a bike. Amsterdam is the bicycle capitol of the world. I asked a local how with so many bicycles why no one seemed to get hit by a car. He explained that the bikes had the right of way and that a severe penalty for hitting one was well heeded.
Amsterdam is crawling with cyclists. Watch out when you cross the streets. Watch out when you walk the sidewalk. They are everywhere. Well, if yo can't beat them join them There are various places where you can rent a bike and for not even that much money. Anyway, it is THE way to see Amsterdam the Dutch way and is always in for a few good laughs. Ah, before I forget: always lock the bike against something fixed. Each year several 10.000 bycicles change owner in the stealing way.
This is something that I wanted to do and didnt get a chance to do this time. We will be back next year and I will probably go ahead and rent a bike to get around. Bikes are everywhere. When you cross the street you have to not only watch out for cars but for bikes. Also if you rent a bike remember where you park it and good luck. There are bikes everywhere.
Here are some interesting factsthat I found out:
There are 600,000 bikes in Amsterdam.
Each household averages about 4 bicycles.
There are at least 500 bikes that are stolen a day.
Amsterdam is very much used to bicycles. On several roads you'll find seperate lanes for bicycles and its a great and cheap way to cross the city fast. Parking a car in the city centre is very expensive; the bicycle is a good alternative. There are several places where you can rent a bike.
But! Be carefull, because the traffic is very crowded and fast.
Two typical Hollander girls cruising past me on Reestraat, riding tandem.
Bicycles rule in Amsterdam, and I would never go there without renting one from one of the local shops.
I shot this outside my apartment while having koffie.
I haven't hired myself a bicycle in Amsterdam; I used the canal boats and my feet instead. The traffic -even bicycle traffic- looked so skilled and hectic that I wouldn't have dared that time.
In Amsterdam there are specific areas/lines painted on the streets that are meant for those with bicycles.
Some of them - almost all of them - seem to go so fast. And one thing to remember - in this city it doesn't mean you are simple or poor if you just use your bicycle. It belongs to the city; its streets are narrow, those with bicycle are thinking people. I guess they get where they want faster than the others.
I enjoyed just watching this "art". And I would also call it art how some people marked their bicycles...or what would you say about this one in the picture? So Dutch...
This is a very typical cultural statement about the Netherlands, they are a people on wheels. I imagine having a country that is almost as flat as a parking lot contributed to this....I believe I read somewhere that only China has more bikes per capita. But this picture, taken at the Amsterdam Train Station gives you a good idea of what I am talking about, there are far more bikes than cars in this multitiered bike parking area. You will find organized parking in every train station of course. So if you are in reasonable health, rent a bike and enjoy the well marked bike paths throughout the city, the bikes have the right of way and you will find that people are actually very patient when traveling behind a bike, waiting for room to pass safely, it was really a joy to see and experience.