Bicycle theft is a fact of life in Amsterdam. Here’s what Amsterdammers do to try and prevent their bikes from getting stolen.
Plus: what to do when your bicycle does go missing. Hint: It may have been removed by Civil Enforcement Officers.
New: Faster removal of illegally parked or ‘abandoned’ bikes. Updated!
You’d be surprised how many bicycles a years fall — or are tossed — into Amsterdam’s canals.
But don’t believe the tourist guides that say on average one car a week ends up in the water.
Amsterdam is full of funky bikes — painted, decorated, and otherwise personalized. Plain bikes, once parked, are harder to find.
Mike’s Bike Tours is popular with Amsterdam tourists for both bike tours and bicycle rentals.
The best way to explore Amsterdam is by bike. OrangeBike rents bicycles and also provides a number of tours.
Bike tour in Amsterdam
The 442.693 households (850.000 residents) of Amsterdam together own 847.000 bicycles — 1.91 bicyle per household.
And on any given day, bike riders account for 40 percent of all traffic movements in the city.