Amsterdam Cycling Tips for Visitors

Amsterdam Cycling Tips for Visitors


Biking in Amsterdam is the quintessentially Dutch experience. For many tourists cycling in Amsterdam is a must and they do not give much thought to it and just rent a bicycle. Now mounted on two wheels with the realization that the last time they rode a bicycle they were in a seventh grade. Fear and intimidation fills their head but with little preparation Biking in Amsterdam can be fun and exhilarating. Before you hop on the two wheels check out these tips, but first Please like subscribe comment and share and remember to ring that notification bell. There are more bicycles than people in Amsterdam Cycling for the majority is the primary way free getting around and because of this the Dutch takes cycling seriously. There’s little patience for people who muck up the system before you rent that bike learn the rules of the road and once you’ve rented get to know your bike and Practice riding it where you will not disturb others. 1) know where to ride Amsterdam has over 249 miles of bike lanes and paths They usually run along the right side of the streets. Some 2-way lanes are on one side only Bike lanes feature white lines and bike symbols painted in the road or on the reddish colored path in Holland traffic uses the right side of the road and this includes bikes Many streets and historic centre and along canals do not have Pike lanes at all just ride with traffic And stay to the right to let vehicles pass large cars and trucks will usually follow right behind you 2) most bicycles in Amsterdam feature back pedal brakes instead of brake levers mounted on the handlebars You’re not used to it. Be sure to practice first to get the hang of it Number three pay attention to signs Amsterdam has many signs and signals designed especially for cyclists some important ones is with Bike traffic lights these lights shine red yellow and green in the shape of a bicycle at most major intersections Obey them trams and other traffic have their own lights that don’t always correspond Use the traffic light meant for cars when a bike light does not exist Designated bike paths and route. This is a round sign with a blue background with a white bicycle indicates a bike lane or route When you see this sign put the picture of the bike under a stop sign with the word uitgezondered or that means you can go down that road if you’re on a bike other signs to watch out for Cyclists are allowed to ignore the traffic lights and turn right Simultaneous green light for cyclists from all directions No access for bicycles mopeds and other slow vehicles Cyclists and moped riders must cross to the other side of the road This road sign indicates that a road is intended for bikes but cars may use it as a guest And finally this road sign is used in place where cyclists can choose whether or not they want to use a cycle path 4) useful words cycling fiets rechts Links rechtdoor uitgezonderde fietsers stoppen sorry Number 5 give way see those white triangles painted on the ground The person who has a tip of the triangle pointing towards them has to stop. If the triangle is not pointing at you still use caution as many ignores these signs as merely decorations on the street 6) right-of-way Also give right away to traffic approaching from the right if no other rules apply Thus traffic approaching from left should give you the right away Taxis and buses often push a limit on the rules. So be careful Number seven, you must have a white light on the front and a red light on a rear of your bicycle after dark Number eight do not ride your bicycle on sidewalks or in walking areas These are denoted with the blue side showing a tall and short person walking hand-in-hand in white Number nine don’t get stuck in a rut steer clear of tram tracks They’re just the right size to swallow bike tires If you must cross the tracks and you will at some point do it at a sharp angle number 10 lock it up Never leave a bike unlocked not even for a minute bike theft in Amsterdam is a problem But it can be avoided Lock your bike to the permanent structure like a bike rack pull or bridge with a heavy chain or a u lock Always put the lock through the frame and then front wheel also lock the brilliant little device that mobilizes the back wheel most rental shops provide both Look for signs that say Heir Geen Fietsen Plaatsen Do not place bicycles here if you ignore them your bike could be confiscated Bonus tips aka common sense Use common sense when riding use both hands right defensively and look out for tourists walking in front of you If you see a whole lot of bicycles painted the same color, that means they’re tourists and probably have no idea what they’re doing Enjoy your time in Amsterdam Thank you for watching and please like subscribe comment and share and do not forget to ring the notification bell til next time happy and safe travels