This is true all over Amsterdam, but especially around the Old Center, be aware of bikes. It almost seems safe because the traffic is all the way in the middle lanes, but there are many bike riders in Amsterdam, and they approach quickly in the bike lanes. Many times you will hear a "ding, ding" from a bike rider trying to warn you that they are coming. I tried to be very aware of this, but I still found myself almost walking out in front of bikes a few times.
OH MY GOD!!! How can people drive in Amsterdam without accidentally killing a biker. It seemed like every time I tried to turn or back up, I had to slam on my brakes to keep from hitting numerous bikers. They are whipping around everywhere. I have never been soooo ready for a beer when I finally parked the car. If you are driving into the center, keep your head on a swivel.
No this is true! If you are cycler in Amsterdam, you are on top of the foodchain, well.. except for Trams, those stand just a little bit above the cyclers.
This means for you pedestrian/car driver.. WATCH OUT for cyclers. They cycle everywhere and they can, because most people you see on a bike are genuine Dutch people with experience in cycling in these conditions.
If you take the challenge to bike around yourself, don't follow their example.. many tourists end-up getting clogged with their wheels in the tramrails, don't know there are special lanes for cyclers and hit the main road or pavement. If you cycle, make sure to look around, that's the secret on how you can beat red-lights, stop signs, crossing pedestrians and when you are a pro, even a Tram cannot stop you (just make sure trams don't need to stop either, they don't tend to do that, and once it becomes physical the tram always winns).
The bikes are sometimes not in a good shape. This might not show if you are not carefull enough.
I was on a bike for one day and the other day, my right arm was aching a lot. I was told that obviously, the wheel was juuust not in place and I was struggling to keep it straight the whole day :((
They come from every direction and they will not watch out for you. They do not follow the directions the cars are driving so even if you think you are safe crossing if you don't see a car coming from one direction, look the other way! They are everywhere and bloody dangerous!
I guess after China, they have the most bcycle population around the world. So be carefull because they are everywhere, and if you are not use to have bcycle road you find yourself easily on the road.
No, this number is not the amount of bicycles that go by any choosen place in Amsterdam, it's the amount of bicycles that get stolen every year! So, when you rent a bike or drive your own through town, take care that you have an appropriate lock and lock the bike together with a lanternpost, trafficsignpool or a fence on one of the thousand bridges in town. There are enough students that have bikes that cost less then the lock they bought.
Amsterdam is a city of bicycles! And it makes perfect sense to cycle around. The city is compact enough, the streets and bridges are narrow, and like all big cities, parking is expensive and difficult to come by. Any visitor to this city should know that bicycles ALWAYS have the right of way. If you're not careful you will be hit. Even if you are careful, you'll probably still have a run in with a cyclist. Even if you think you are walking on the sidewalk, you're probably not. There are more bike lanes than sidewalks. Keep your ears open for the little bell--and move out of the way!
Cyclists everywhere!They RUN AS MADS!You need to be careful!!!!! They have their own streets,so you have to pay attention where you are walking on!
And DON'T HAVE the wrong idea to move by car!!!!!!!
You had to see the CIRCENSIS number of certain cyclists around our car!
Much is written on the Dutch and their bicycles, however the danger of walking in bike paths needs to be etched in your brain. Walking in a bike path can be dangerous!
While it may appear they are trying to run you down, in truth the bike path is treated the same as a street is for a car. Most of these bikes are heavy metal, and going at a fair amount of speed. Most do keep an eye out for tourists who don’t know better, however one simple distraction, and you could have a major collision.
While not always true, most paths will be red and/or have painted lines. When there is a canal, bike path, street and sidewalk together, they will be in that order. That nice path next to the water is for the bike traffic not foot.
It is very easy to fall complacent strolling the wonderful canals and squares of Amsterdam. You MUST always be aware of bicyclists all around you at all times. There is often NO margin of error as they tear through the streets endangering pedestrians.
If you live in a country where bikes aren’t used much as a transport you have to beware here. There are thousands and they don’t ride them slowly. When you least expect they appeare. It takes about one or two days to get used to it, then you see it normal (if you have survived)
Really do watch out for those bikes! They're everywhere, and stop for nothing nor nobody. Always have your wits about you, and remember bikes aren't as easy to hear as cars. If you see one coming, jump out of the way, and fast (hopefully not into the path of another)!
In a city with 600,000 bikes, is it any wonder that bike theft is the number one crime.
Always remember to double lock your bike. If you rent one, it will have a mounted lock for the rear wheel, and a heavy chain and lock to secure the front wheel and frame to an immovable object - such as a street light.
Be very careful as you wander around the streets of Amsterdam! Cycling is a very economical and popular way for locals and travellers alike to get around the city, and the bike paths are right next to the pavement. I strongly advise you to keep away from the bike path, as they will not slow down. We had countless close calls whilst we were there, so just be careful!