Cycling in Amsterdam

In Holland, bikes are like bread and butter. Practical, efficient, economic (especially when it comes to parking) and often the quickest option getting from A to B, Dutch bikes are valued for function over form—which explains why the average Dutch bike is a battered, rust-laden creature. Cycling is by far the country’s most popular form of transportation. Its16.4 million inhabitants own 17 million bikes (in Amsterdam, that’s 800,000 bikes for 750,000 people) and an estimated 3.4 million people hop on daily for the commute.

Cycling is a fun, efficient and easy way of getting around Amsterdam – just like the locals do! With bicycle rental shops all over the city, it’s quite simple to pedal away. And it’s quite safe if you follow a few simple rules!

Bike rental
You can hire a bike from almost anywhere in the city. Bike rental companies abound near main hubs such as Central Station, Leidseplein and Dam Square. Short-term rentals start from three hours and the average price for a full day is 8 euros. Many companies also hire different types of bicycles from touring bikes to tandems and children’s bikes to kick-scooters.

You might want to be adventurous and try a moped or motorised scooter for longer distances. And why not paddle around Amsterdam's tranquil canals in a pedalo or pedal boat? You're sure to see a different side of Amsterdam!

Cycling Safety Tips

Here are a few basic pointers to keep in mind after hiring your bike:
  • Use the bicycle lane on the right-hand side of the road, marked out by white lines and bike symbols

  • Adhere to all traffic lights and signs

  • Do not cycle on footpaths, in shopping streets, on pavements and motorways.

  • Make sure you signal when turning by putting your hand out

  • Be careful not to get your wheels stuck in the tram rails – cross the rails at a steep angle

  • Always lock your bike up and attach it to something secure and immovable, preferably a bike rack

Also, follow any instructions the vendor might give you to park and lock-up the bike in authorized locations only.

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