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.
You should definitely rent a bike if the weather is nice when in A'Dam, but be sure to keep it locked and safe when you are sightseeing on foot.....Theives steal thousands of bikes a year in Amsterdam, and when they are through using it, they just toss it in one of the canals to lose the evidence. See the dredges that pull them up by the hundreds trying to keep the canals open for boats......
Aside from the normal bicycles, there are other types of bicycles I don't really know what they call them but they look so fancy and cute in various designs and colours. Some are like tour bicycles with a driver that will roam you around the city.
Walking from the main train station along the Damrak going to the Dam Square and I was almost got run over by a bike and shouted at - that's when I knew that bicycle is the main transport mode in the city, and these bicycle have their rights as long as they are along their dedicated lanes which are present in almost all streets.
Amsterdam is the most bicycle-friendly city in the world and that's one of their biggest contribution to mother earth's atmosphere cleansing - no air pollution from cars, as cars are discouraged by the local government within the city limits.
According to census, there are about 700,000 bicycles in Amsterdam and bicycle thefts are flourishing. Our walking tour guide said more than 18,000 bicycles end up in the canals each year making it the monsters that lurks within the canals - I almost said sharks.
There are several companies where you can rent a bike - yellow bike, orange bike, macbike, bike city, frederic and hundreds more. You can also join a bike tour from several operators and most bike rentals have it like Mike Bike Tours for EUR18 city bike tours 2.5 hours and EUR22 for the 4-hour country-side tour. Rates differs from each operator.
Caution though as the biggest accident cause would be - not the vehicles nor trams nor buses - the people crossing/walking along the bicycle lanes - remember I almost got hit on my first day?
Maybe the biggest parking problem in Amsterdam is not where to park your car, but where to park your bicycle.
The multi story bicycle garage is one of the most photographed building, due to its unique nature, but did you notice the floating bicycle parking?
Most local look for a place where they can double chain their bikes; yes, bicycle theft is a big problem.
Bikes are everywhere in Amsterdam and there are many of them. It's easy to navigate through the narrow streets with a bicycle, but it also it looks like natural habit for the Dutch to ride a bike. Be aware for high speed cyclists.
There are many bicycle rental shops in the city, and the price is not too expensive. They require a deposit or your passport.
A good way to get around in Amsterdam is by bike, that way you have the upper hand on the pedestrians. Do make sure you are a competant cyclist, to avoid a nasty accident, as there is nothing more fustration for the dutch then to be stuck behind someone going at snails pace.
Various places rent bikes charge rates on a sliding scale the more days you hire for.
3 Speed bike Euro 13.50 - 15.50 24hr bike city
Euro 43.50 - 45.50 5 days
68-70 Bloemgracht 1015
+31 (020) 6263721
Euro 9.50 - 14.25 Mac bike
Euro 26 - 39 5 days
Weteringschaans 2, Leidseplein
+31 (020) 6200985
It is a fact, the Dutch is bicycle nation, bicycling is a way of life for most Dutch citizens. Most Amsterdammers doesn't own a car but Netherlands 16,5 million residents managed to have 16 million bicycles.
On the narrow streets it is possible to deliver whole serious things with a bicycle. With them it is possible to ride everywhere; there is more bicycle route, than neat road in Amsterdam.
Also tourists may lend a bike. The highlight of your stay at Amsterdam will have been your rental of one of them; -- shiny wet cobblestones, driving up a bridge and down the other side, hearing bells from passing bikes and ringing your bell to pass others.
You get anywhere in your neighborhood faster than others could get their cars started and out of the garage. And you can get across town faster than a taxi or tram. Biking is the way to go here. It is a sadly fact, however, there are more bikes stolen per year as there are bikes in the city! Lock your bike!!
In the multi-storey bicycle container of the central station some one hundred thousand bikes find enough room. However, it should be a real man, who can find his own one.
Bicycle rentals are easy throughout the city.
Some reliably rental service:
Bike City, 68 - 70 Bloemgracht, tram Nr.10 stop Bloemgracht or tram Nr.13 - 14- 17 stop Westermarkt
Open 7 days a week from 9am till 6pm.
Rental rates €14,50/day, but the longer you rent, the better the deal you get.
Website: http://www.bikecity.nl/ Tel. +31 (0)20 626 37 21
FREDERIC RENTABIKE : Brouwergracht 78., between Herengracht and Keizersgracht, from Central Station about 10 minutes walking
Rental rates €10/day
Tel: +31 20 6245509
Cycling is a popular form of transport in Holland.
In Amsterdam it is easy to go on bike through the narrow streets.
Rent a bike and explore on your own. It’s more fun than taking the trams and it beats walking.
Cycling can be a good way to avoid traffic. Your bike can be parked easily at most places. But be sure to lock it.
Bikes can be rented at train stations or various places in the city centre.
Mike bikes is a reliable company that rents bikes.
Cost €7,00 a day + €3,00 theft insurance.
Adres: Kerkstraat 134 EB Amsterdam
They also give daily tours of the city and surrounding areas (March – Nov).
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 a perfect place for a stag weekend. Maybe you will find some different things to do on this web-site. Check for instance the getting around page and you will see different an surprising ways to get around the city. www.amsterdam-holland-guide.com
kind regards Charlotte
See http://www.yellowbike.nl/en/ and note:
"A lot of hotels work together with the Yellow Bike delivery service. Order your bike at the reception and your bike will be there early in the morning before 9.00h. Easy as it is: no need to go out looking for a rental point, no waiting, no leaving your identity card and no extra costs. Ask your reception for the Yellow Bike Hotelservice"
This website also offers two cycling routes that start daily at 11 am. One in the city of Amsterdam, the other a Countryside tour.