Amsterdam by Bike

world capital of bicycle culture

Amsterdam is known as one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world. Most main streets have bike paths. Bike racks are ubiquitous throughout the city.

Some claim that there are more bicycles than people in the city. Each year, about 80,000 of them are stolen and 25,000 end up in the canals.

The ideal form of transport in this flat, compact city, bicycles are inexpensive to hire

Go for a bicycle ride

In the city centre, driving a car is discouraged, parking fees are steep and a great number of streets are closed off for cars.

Biking tips

  • When cycling, cross tram lines at a good angle to avoid getting your wheel caught in the rail.
  • Lock your bike to something solid when leaving it unattended, and lock the frame, not just the front wheel (otherwise they unbolt your front wheel, take your frame and someone else's front wheel, and have a complete bike).

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