Like everywhere in Holland, lots of local Haarlem-people transport themselves by bike.
It's a very safe and easy way of transportation, since we even have a special road and sometimes traffic lights exclusively for bikes. If you don't see the special road, just remember to stay at the right site of the road.
If you rent a bike it's possible to ask for a helmet, but this is not obliged.
Where to go by bike:
-Discover the towncenter and all it's small streets and nice old houses
-The trainstation is very easy to reach
-Go to the beach -Bloemendaal or Zandvoort -and dunes (everyone can show you the way)
-Go to Elswout. This is a beautifull forest
-Go to recreation parc "Spaarnwoude" and see windmills, farms and cows... Also pay a visit to Spaarndam village
-Everything in and around Haarlem can easily be reached by bike
Bikes can be rented at the trainstation. The name of the place is "Pieters fietsenstalling station".
If you want to explore Haarlem and especially its surroundings you can rent a pedelec. Cycling along the outskirts of Haarlem will show you that Haarlem and its surroundings have it all: beautiful nature, magnificent lanfscapes, windmills, top of the range architectural buildings, marina's and lots of safe safe cycling paths!
If you want to enjoy that all a pedelec ( or e-bike as it is called in the Netherlands) is the best way to travel during your stay.
You can rent a pedelec at Dutch Pedelec Tours. They will bring the bikes to your hotel or place where you stay.
Of you're looking for a good place to rent a bike in Haarlem than go to Toyzon/Breeks. An incredible
fun store right in the centre of THE
city with 1minute distance of the big square (Grote Markt). They rent Beachcruisers and you can even rent à picknick-basket. We had so much fun and even visit the beach by bike.
So when you visit Haarlem, rent à bike and explore. Their address is Koningsstraat 15, Haarlem.
Hopefully you can use this tip.
... and you want to get around, then you take your bicycle! Ofcourse, make sure to lock it carefulley and pay attention to where you park it! aaah! I think this guy took some risks!
Many bicycles at the train station ... guess it is not bad if you use bicycle getting around Haarlem unfortunately we didnt do that --- we couldnt find the one for rent.
I quickly learned bicycles have the right of way in the Netherlands. I found the people to be in good shape compared to us Americans. Healthy habits help I'm sure.
One of my favorite activities was watching the PM bicycle rush hour. A couple Pubs on a corner of St Bavo provides a great seat to watch the human parade.