Lesson 1: About your Bike — UU Cycling Crash Course

Lesson 1: About your Bike — UU Cycling Crash Course


Hi, there!
Welcome to the Utrecht Science Park. My name is Arlinda.
-And I’m James. And we’re here today
to tell you a little bit about cycling in the Netherlands,
and particularly in Utrecht. As you may already know, cycling
is super popular in the Netherlands, so it’s also really important
that you learn how the road works and how it works
to cycle in the Netherlands. And that’s why we’re here.
We’re going to shoot some short videos to introduce you to the
world of cycling in Utrecht. But before we get started, it’s really important you make sure
your bike has several key things on it, which will help you stay safe and also help you avoid any fines
whilst you’re cycling here. Here’s what you must have. Lights. These should be white
or yellow at the front and red at the back, and not flashing. A bell. This is a requirement, but is also very useful when
pedestrians step out in front of you. Reflectors. These should be yellow on your pedals, red at the back and
yellow or white at the front. Now that your bike is ready, the first tip that we can give you
for cycling in the Netherlands is don’t try to cycle like the Dutch. The Dutch like to think that they
are more or less born on a bike and they can do it as easily
as they would do walking. That’s right. And you may also
sometimes see Dutch cyclists exercise a certain flexibility
with the rules and laws of cycling here. In Dutch, this is called “gedoogbeleid”, where certain minor offences
are often ignored, and it roughly translates to
a looking-the-other-way policy. However, as an international
student or visitor, you need to be more aware of the rules
of the roads in the Netherlands because you are unfamiliar with them
and at greater risk of being in an accident. So bear in mind that while you may see
some Dutch cyclists ignoring the rules, it’s best for you to stick to them, at least until you’re more familiar
with cycling in the Netherlands. See you later!