Cycling in Amsterdam

Cycling in Amsterdam
A bicyclist crossing a bridge over the Leidsegracht.
Amsterdam holds its own edition of the World Naked Bike Ride annually
Parking at Fietsflat, near Central Station

Amsterdam is one of the most bicycle-friendly large cities in the world and is a centre of bicycle culture with good facilities for cyclists such as bike paths and bike racks, and several guarded bike storage garages (Fietsenstalling) which can be used for a nominal fee. In 2006, there were about 465,000 bicycles in Amsterdam.[1]

Bicycles are used by all socio-economic groups because of their convenience, Amsterdam's small size, the 400 km of bike paths,[2] the flat terrain, and the arguable inconvenience of driving an automobile. Each bike path (Fietspad) is coloured brown, in order to differentiate it from a footpath.

Amsterdammers ride a wide variety of bicycles including the traditional Omafiets - the ubiquitous Dutch roadster with a step-through frame - to anything from modern city bikes, road bikes, mountain bikes, and even recumbent bikes.

Many tourists discover Amsterdam by bike, which is the typical Dutch way. Bike Tour Amsterdam offers a guided bike tour through the city. Bicycle traffic, in fact traffic in general, is relatively safe: in 2007, Amsterdam had 18 traffic deaths, of all types, in total.[3]

Of benefit to bicycle riding is that in the city centre, driving a car is discouraged, parking fees are expensive, and many streets are closed to cars or are one-way.[4]

Bicycle theft in Amsterdam is widespread; in 2005, about 54,000 bicycles were stolen.[5]

See also

External links


  1. ^ Research and Statistics Division. "Introduction". Traffic and Infrastructure (in Dutch). City of Amsterdam. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  2. ^ "Cycling in Amsterdam". Retrieved 2010-08-11. 
  3. ^ Research and Statistics Division. "Core Numbers in Graphics: Fewer Traffic Deaths". Safety and Nuissance (in Dutch). City of Amsterdam. Archived from the original on 2008-08-22. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  4. ^ "Amsterdam Fietst" (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 2007-08-06. Retrieved 2007-04-19. 
  5. ^ Research and Statistics Division. "Core Numbers in Graphics: Fewer Bicycle Thefts". Safety and Nuissance (in Dutch). City of Amsterdam. Archived from the original on 2008-08-22. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 

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