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.
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.