Amsterdam tour by bike

The Dutch’s love for bicycles is a given and does not require special recommendations. The formerly terrible seafarers, the bicycle was included in their daily routine. The long cycling tradition of the country begins in the early years of the two-wheel construction. The locals loved them and they are more than the inhabitants.

The country is basically low, with its highest point being just 321 meters from the sea. This is largely due to the popularity of the two-wheelers. The bike is a trusted boyfriend and partner of the locals, and nobody could imagine himself without his two-legged bond.

From this cycling fury, the capital of the country could not be affected either. How could this happen, in a city that is a model of urban and cycling culture. Amsterdam has a rich cycle path network and the locals’ life is indissolubly linked to the bikes. All of the above has helped me to experience the experience of cycling in a country that knows the bike better than any other. In the corner of Europe where the pedal is the extension of the shoes of the inhabitants, I tried to have a city tour by bike.

The solutions that a visitor has to find a bicycle is enough. A bunch of rental companies are all around, and it is extremely easy to pick one of themand get on the streets.

Somehow, as the signatory, as I walked several kilometers in the city in the first two days,I came up with the idea of ​​the frenzied cycling pace. On the third day, equipped with good mood and great audacity, I rent one of them. Rental rates and hours vary. I personally paid 10 euros for a three-hour rental, since I left my ID. One can rent for an hour, three, six, a day or more. There are also organized bicycle tours in the city, costing more. I considered it unnecessary, but many choose to ride a group with a local companion, learning at the same time many historical elements of the city.

So the beginning was done. I enjoyed going to a stylish city-style bicycle, a Dutch-style bike, and I was taken to a bicycle lane. The two feet on the pedal, the fingers on the brakes, the mind all around and the thumb or the big finger long, permanently in the bell. Needless to say, this bicycle is extremely necessary and equally important with the brakes. The visitor listens to it in spite of the use of it, as the rhythms of the locals ride on their bicycles are frantic. No matter how much he thinks he or she is making mistakes or flirting, they are likely to make a refined observation by ringtones.

In the Netherlands, the cyclist has more rights than other drivers and always has priority. This is good for those who think of driving a car in the streets of a Dutch city. For fraudulent pedestrians it would be good to have no reference, because they simply have no right. But I will dare to say that if there was an imaginary line of separation of citizens in castes, the pedestrians would be at the bottom of it or else would be the prey that feeds all the primates. A humble ghost in a country of insects.

The riders of bicycles do not have anything to push on and find him if he “dares” to cut their way. On the other hand, the drivers of the few cars in the city of Amsterdam sometimes park on the sidewalks, causing the pedestrian to risk his life on the cycle path or prefer to dive into a canal and continue swimming. I think that the local cyclists, with their arrogance and audacity, could well pass over an unsuspecting tourist who dared to stop to take a photo. If you do not ride a little, you risk getting caught up by the bikers who follow you. Whatever you may be, be careful whatever it is. It is no accident that 1/3 of road accidents in the country are victims of cycling. Helmet is a word that does not exist in the Dutch vocabulary, which is usually not worn by scooter drivers. These two-wheelers also circulate in bicycle-rails undisturbed without slowing down speed.

My own three-hour bicycle happily did not hurt. Equipped with the aforementioned audacity and eyes all around, I spent a beautiful afternoon. The truth is that no matter how you walk the city, you will not discover some points you will find only on the bike. The streets of Amsterdam are ideal for cycling and uphill slopes are almost non-existent. The Dutch are also experts in bicycle manufacturing and each penthouse is comfortable and relaxing. So immersing the kilometers one after another, they discovered the beautiful corners of this exceptional city. Having now taken the air, I felt like a native. When even a lady asked me for a piece of information in Dutch outside the Van Gogh Museum, I now felt a city of Amsterdam.

Thebicycle is the right means in Amsterdam. It goes like the locals are learning first to ride and then to walk. It is also clear that babies, from infancy, are used to moving on wheels, since they are carried by their parents in special bicycle baskets, which are in front of the driver. The daily routine of the average Dutch is interwoven with the two-wheelers. It is common to see girls with evening clothes, costumes, seniors and every citizen to ride. Without exaggeration the city lacks bicycle parking. There is so much that every bridge, tree, railing has a knot attached to it.

In a city where bikes are more than people, it would be impossible not to take part in this cycling party. Having felt the bicycle worship of Stockholm, Copenhagen, Hamburg and other cities, I admit that what is happening in Amsterdam is something special. The bike is a clue of culture and indeed fits a glove in this noble city.