The Netherlands is a real cycling country. Getting around by bike is part of the Dutch culture. There are more bikes than people in the country! For instance, there are living around 800.000 people in Amsterdam and 881.000 bikes in the city. You should not leave Amsterdam, without experiencing cycling in Amsterdam!
The best way to get around in Amsterdam is by bike. The infrastructure of the cycling paths in Amsterdam is the best of all the cities in Europe. Around 767 kilometers of cycling paths and bike lanes can be pedaled by bicycles.
Get to know the most important information about cycling in Amsterdam:
- Safety information for traveling by bike in Amsterdam.
- The best and cheapest bike rental options.
- Find out the bike tours that are offered in and around the city.
- Infographic about cycling in Amsterdam.
Scroll down to find all the detailed information for cycling in Amsterdam.
Video impression of cycling in Amsterdam
Watching the video below (almost) can’t be skipped, to be prepared for you biking experience in Amsterdam. With many thanks to the Dutch Survival Guide for creation the video below! It provides an impression of what cycling in Amsterdam is. Note: some parts in the video are of course a bit gushy. In addition, it depends where you cycle in Amsterdam. It’s definitely not everywhere in the city very crowded.
Cycling facts on Amsterdam
So cycling is a big thing in the city of Amsterdam. In fact, it’s the transportation of choice for many inhabitants of the city. The city is well adapted to these amounts of people riding their bikes. For a better understanding of this concept we’ve highlighted some staggering facts concerning biking in Amsterdam;
- More bicycles than inhabitants; Amsterdam is known to have more bikes than inhabitants – 881,000 bicycles vs. 834,713 inhabitants to be more precise.
- 63% of the Amsterdam citizens cycle on a daily; where in other countries cycling is more of a hobby, something to do on a day off, for the Amsterdam citizens it’s the prefered form of transport in daily life.
- An estimated 2 million kilometres is cycled by Amsterdammers on a daily; that’s correct on a daily, all Amsterdammers together cycle a distance equal to approximately 5 times the distance to the moon.
- 767 kilometres is the total length of all Amsterdam cycle paths and bicycle lanes together; in Amsterdam, almost all roads are fitted with either bicycle lanes or a piece of the 513 dedicated cycle paths.
- Over 10,000 bicycle parking spots at Amsterdam Central Station; believe it or not, you’ll still have a very hard time finding a spot as there’s still a shortage of parking spots.
Bike thefts popular in Amsterdam as well
Please bear in mind to always lock your bike and lock it well! We can’t stress this point enough, no matter what kind of bike; rental or owned or how fast you’ll be back to pick up your bike. With bikes being so popular, so are bike thefts among criminals. Bikes are fairly easy to steal and sell. Therefore, bicycles are a popular quick score amongst sneak thieves, pilferers and junkies. Exact numbers of bike thefts are difficult to calculate; many victims don’t bother filing a stolen bike as it’s such a common practice and chances of getting your bike back are slim. According to the Amsterdam newspaper Parool, based on numbers provided by the police, in 2017 there were 8113 reported bike thefts. On that same year, the Dutch Cyclists’ Union reported that nationwide, only one out of three bike thefts is actually reported to the police. Our expectation is that this percentage in Amsterdam is lower than the nationwide average, somewhere between 25% and 33%. Based on this estimation and the factual information somewhere around 24,339 and 32,452 bikes are stolen every year. Make sure not to become a victim!