It is truly astonishing to find out that in the city there are more bikes than there are people! This city’s love for bikes is truly remarkable! A large percentage of the residents have taken motorized means out of their lives and use exclusively bikes for their transport. Bikes in the streets, on the railings, hanging from the balconies, inside the canals…bikes everywhere! In association with MyHotelBike, we present you a very interesting article for the biking life in Amsterdam.
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Be Dutch for a day – everything and always on a bicycle. Jump on a bike and start exploring the city like the locals do since they were kids.
More bikes than people!
Amsterdam has lovely canals with little bridges, parks and famous squares all around town. The Dutch cycling culture goes way back, it is a way of living. At this moment there are even more bikes than people, crazy right!
👩 People: 780.000 🚲 Bikes: 880.000
Amsterdam cycling culture
On the streets of Amsterdam you see countless of cyclists heading to or from work, transporting their kids to school with cargo bikes, or carrying anything else: from groceries and house pets to couches and fridges. The popularity of cycling in Amsterdam is undoubtedly aided by the fact that Amsterdam is a ‘flat’ city. It is compact, densely populated and the climate is mostly moderate. The average speed by bike is 16 kilometers per hour. In a crowded city like Amsterdam people cycle slower than elsewhere, especially in the city centre. However, when people are in a rush it goes faster and locals tend to bend the official bike rules (don’t follow their example!). Wherever you are from, cycling in Amsterdam is something else. In a good way but always be on your guard. Renting a bike in Amsterdam is an exciting experience. Amsterdam and bikes, mind-blowing facts…
- Amsterdam has the only museum in the world you can cycle through!
- Locals cycle about two million kilometers a day!
- 58% of the locals older than 12 years cycle daily!
- Amsterdam will invest €120 million in bicycle infrastructure before 2020, 90 million will be used for creating 38,000 new bike parking places!
- Every year around 100,000 bicycles are stolen in Amsterdam!
- There are 29 Amsterdam bike rental companies!
- There are 140 Amsterdam bike rental shops!
- Every year between 12,000 and 15,000 bicycles are pulled out of the Amsterdam’s canals!
- There are 25 secured bike parking garages in Amsterdam, including 8 free ones!
- There are more than 10,000 bike parking spots around Amsterdam Central Station!
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Movement in Amsterdam
In Amsterdam 32% of all traffic movement is done by bike, compared to 22% by car and 16% by public transport. In the city centre this percentage is even higher, 48% by bike!
32% BY BIKE
World naked bike ride!
Naked people cycling through town, like it’s just another day? Only in Amsterdam! Every year dozens of people participate in The World Naked Bike Ride, in the capital of bikes. The participants cycle naked through the city to protest against the car culture and draw attention to the vulnerability of cyclists. If you are lucky enough to be here at the 1st of July, feel free to join!
Trips made by bike
Amsterdam is the most bicycle friendly city in the world, with 63% of the locals using their bike on a daily basis. With more than 780,000 people, over 60% of trips are made by bike in the inner city and 40% in the greater city area!
63% ON A DAILY BASE
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The cycling capital
To motivate cycling, the governance has placed 500 km of cycling paths and 254,000 of bike parking racks. These kinds of statistics make Amsterdam the cycling capital of the world.
🅿️ Bike Parking Racks: 254.000 🛴 Length Of Bike Paths: 500 Km
Tips for safe cycling
Bike Rental Amsterdam is the most popular activity of the Netherlands, making cycling in Amsterdam an absolute must-do. We want to secure your safety as much as possible, so we have pointed out some tips for safe cycling in our beautiful city.
✅ ROAD RULES: Follow the rules of the road: do not cycle on footpaths, shopping streets or motorways.
⚠️ LOCK YOUR BIKE: Lock your bike wherever you stop, bike thieves in Amsterdam are always on the hunt.
⚠️ OTHER TRAFFIC: Be aware for other kind of traffic, like cars, motorcycles, scooters, trams, passengers or police vehicles.⛔ STOP: Red light or shark teeth mean: STOP.
⚠️ TRAM RAILS: Watch out for the tram rails!
✅ STAY RIGHT: Stay on the right side of the road.
⚠️ RUSH HOURS: Try to avoid the rush hours: 8AM–9AM and 5PM–6PM.
⛔ NO PHONE: Never use your phone while cycling.
✅ GIVE A SIGN: Use your free hand to sign in which direction you are going to move.
⚠️ PARKING: Remember where you park your bike – searching hours to find your bike is never a pleasant experience!
⛔ CYCLE SOBER: Do not cycle drunk or stoned, for your own safety.
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Rent a bike in Amsterdam – explore the most friendly rental stores
A bike experience at one of these stores is not just a bike experience. It’s something else.
Get the best city bikes for the most competitive prices: MyHotelBike is motivating hotel guests – and anyone else who feels like cycling – to jump on a bike in Amsterdam. Bike tickets at our selected Amsterdam bike rental stores vary from 10 eu to 15 eu a day, depending on the location and amount of rental days. Their prices are always including insurance.
⬇️ Lowest Price A Day: 10€* ⬆️ Highest Price A Day: 15€*
* Always Including Insurance: 0€
Best city bikes
The rental bikes at our selected stores are built by the popular Dutch bike brand “Union”. They all have metal hand brakes, 7 Shimano nexus gears and adjustable seats. Easily switch gears and cycle along the canals, bridges and historical buildings of this cozy city.
Free city map
Every visitor gets a free city map to explore the city your way.
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