Cycling in Amsterdam
There are a few things that Amsterdam is well known for and bicycles is definitely one of those things on the list. Everybody that lives in the Netherlands always forgets how strange this concept is to most tourists.
When you are a tourist on a bicycle it can be quite overwhelming having to take trams, cars & mainly tourists into account. Unknowingly that the lanes with a deep red colour are for cyclists you will often find tourists in the middle of your lane!
If you are planning to cycle it is important to keep a few things in mind:
1. Lock your bicycle when not using it
Never leave your bike without a lock, even not just to pop into a shop. 80.000 bikes a year get stolen just in Amsterdam.
2. Do not ignore the traffic lights
You might find that locals just ignore the traffic lights but they are cycling most routes day in day out and know what to expect. You could ruin your holiday in 1 second if you do not take these lights into account.
3. Watch out for the the trams
When you hear their bells ring it might already be too late so watch out for the trams. Their tracks can also be tricky when not used to cycling!