Like every big city on the planet, Amsterdam suffers from pick-pocket and general opportunists who will steal something if it is easily done. In particular, most Amsterdamers only cycle into the city with old bikes that nobody would want to steal anyway. So, don't leave your bike unattended for too long, you might not find all the pieces when you come back.
One must be constantly cautious with those crazy Dutch bike riders. I almost got hit by them several times in just a few hours, I wonder what the death rates are... they go *very fast* where people are walking, in narrow streets or sidewalks, seemingly not at all worried that they might easily hurt someone or fall in a channel or DIE!!
This warning has been included on several other VT pages but it is worth repeating again. In Amsterdam, the bike is king and has the right of way over pedestrians. The trams and cars seem to have the right of way as well - in fact, I think pedestrians are bottom of the list!
So, while you are walking around, always be aware of your surroundings. If you hear a familiar 'dingding' it is likely that you are walking in the bike path and are about to be knocked down.
Also be very careful crossing the tram tracks. It can be very dangerous crossing a road that has a bike path, car lane, two tram tracks, car lane and a bike path!
Watch out for cyclists they are everywhere,do not take photos of the ladies in the window, you or your camera could end up in the canal and do not expect to get a luggage locker at CS on a Saturday in the summer
BIKE!! Where? Smash! **!! Watch out for bikes- pedestrians and drivers! They are the kings of the road. If you knock someone off their bike you are in big trouble, even if it wasn't your fault! Drivers should be very careful at roundabouts because there are bike lanes on them too. Crossing the road can be dangerous if you do not look properly. They sometimes don't bother with lights. You have been warned.
CYCLING IS INFECTIOUS;-)According to the Official Dutch Travel site, no city on the planet has more bikes per capita or is more bike-friendly than Amsterdam.Statistically I have been told there are more miles of bike trails than auto roads in Holland.You will see cyclists EVERYWHERE and bikes parked almost on top of one another in some of the more popular places in the city center.Its a bone fide and acceptable form of transportation...and the last time I was visited there were pickup and dropoff points that allowed you to use a bike for FREE..GRATIS...LIBRE..give it a shot you can see tons more in a day with less fatigue on a bike.
Watch out for them bicycles - they're all old granny types and they are silent, and will eventually knock you into a canal. And if you walk around out of your head for a while, you will inevitably fall into a canal. Drivers regularly drive in too. In fact there are more cars in the canals than on the roads. if you wondered why cars are outnumbered here, this is your reason.
Bikes and bikers. For two reasons:
Local bikers (yep, that's me, for example). There seem to be no traffic rules applying to bikers. They speed unexpectedly out of every street, ringing their bell (if they're decent..). Take care: you might be walking on the bike-lane (especially near Westerkerk and Museumplein this is not always very clear)!
Rent-a-bikers (that might be you). These are pretty dangerous to local bikers. Officially you should stick out an arm to indicate you are about to make a turn. Nobody does, except for rent-a-bikers. I was smashed of my bike nearly one time.. On the other hand: renting a bike is fun. Make sure to cross the tram-way at a large angle to the rails! You could get stuck. And the sad part of the story: not many will tell about it!
...make sure you park yours somewhere sensible and chain it up.
OK - purely gratuitous photo usage, but such is my sense of humour.
do not walk on bikes lanes , They can be dangerous ,and watch out when you cross it the lanes are red-colored and you see the sign or bike on it.
Always remember an important thing when going around Amsterdam: bicycles don't have brakes!! On the contrary, they have right of way!!
Pay attention! My boyfriend was going to be run over!! =P
Hiring a bicycle is a good cheap way to see some of the outlying areas of the City but people do pay the penalty for not looking after it !
Watch out for cyclists and try to keep out of the cycle lanes at all times as they tend not to slow down or attemt to avoid you they just ring thier little bell(if you are lucky) and carry on
They are everywhere, the bikes. They are fast, careless and often more than one person on each bicycle.
Just watch your bike, lock it well and tight - there are too many of them drowned in the canals of Amsterdam!!!!