What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Amsterdam? I bet most people would say “The red light district or Marijuana”. It is true, I thought so myself, but after my second visit I changed my mind. Bicycles! Loads and loads of bicycles!
I have never seen so many bicycles in my life! You really have to see it to believe it. Most bicycles look the same but you find some very funny looking bikes!
People in Amsterdam like to bike. It is not important if it is raining or snowing, biking is on the agenda. There are +- 700,000 Amsterdammers and more than 1 million bikes!! Incredible when you think about it.
Every Dutch person has at least one bike and there are twice as many bikes as cars. I was reading that +- 30 000 bikes end up in canals every year. Teenagers think it’s quite funny to take a tourist’s bike and throw it into the water. So next time you are in Amsterdam keep a good eye on your bike.
When I was in Amsterdam the last time we rented bicycles and I must admit we had so much fun. Biking in Amsterdam is not easy, especially with all the other bikes in the vicinity. But it is an incredible way to explore the city as Amsterdam is bike friendly with many bike paths.
Bike renting outlets are available everywhere and you can rent bikes for an hour, day,week or month.
Here are some safety tips for biking in Amsterdam:
- Know where to ride.
- Give right of way
- Use a map (not while riding!)
- See the signs
- Clear the way and keep moving
- Use your hands
- Lock it when you leave it
Where: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
When: July 2007