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Amsterdam: City of Bikes

Amsterdam is the City of Bikes — the Bicycle Capital of the World. Tourists marvel at the number of bikes they see, and the way people use them.

Bicycles have in fact become one of Amsterdam’s tourist attractions. There is at least one bike for every one of the 837,000 Amsterdammers.

Currently, 68% of traffic to and from work or school is by bike, and bikes account for 36 percent of all traffic movements in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam girls on bikes — in slow motion

Amsterdam bicylces In Amsterdam bicycling is seen primarily as the best way to get from point A to point B in a 700+ years old city that was not designed for heavy traffic.

But tourists also view cycling in Amsterdam as a tourist attraction — either as a fun activity or a spectator sport.

Amsterdam: Fishing for a bike

Amsterdam canal bike fishing Even Amsterdammers sometimes need to be reminded that anything parked too close to a canal could end up in it…

Amsterdammer and bicycle enthousiast Marc van Woudenberg says, “I witnessed a bicycle getting blown into the canal by the wind. My friend Suze and I ventured outside to salvage it, here’s what happened.”

Amsterdam tourists on bikes ‘not dangerous’

Amsterdam bicycles Amsterdammers on bicycles are more dangerous than bike-riding tourist, says an Amsterdam police spokesperson.

“They leave home five minutes too late only to try and catch up along the way.”

Not all Amsterdam locals agree that cycling (or walking) tourists are not dangerous in traffic.