I’ve just spend the last week in Amsterdam, it’s a city I’ve wanted to visit for many years now and it was great to finally get over.
Amsterdam is the ultimate cycling city – we’re not talking high end carbon road bikes here – but everyday people on everyday bikes using them as transport. The terrain is flat and there are dedicated cycle lanes almost everywhere.
In fact if you’re wandering around the streets without paying too much attention you’re more likely to be hit by a bicycle than a car! I’ve never seen so many cargo bikes either, or bikes with all number of boxes and child seats bolted to them. The locals really do use their bikes for everything (and what’s more there is hardly a helmeted head to be seen).
Unsurprisingly then, the best way to see the city is to hire a bike for yourself. Although Amsterdam is easily negotiated on foot or by tram, you can cover far more ground on two wheels and get a much better feel for the city in the process.
My wife and I hired ours from Mike’s Bike Tours, it cost us a grand total of £12 for two bikes rented for the entire day! That’s money well spent.