Posted by: Debra Kolkka | June 18, 2012

Ride a bike in Amsterdam

The population of Amsterdam is around 750,000 and I suspect there are at least that many bicycles in the city. There are bike paths everywhere and it takes a bit of getting used to as a pedestrian in the city. Not only do you have to look out for cars and trams, but bikes fly at you from all directions.

I’m sure it is a great way to get around the city, particularly in good weather. I wasn’t game to try it but it certainly made interesting watching.

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Bikes come in all shapes and sizes and colours.

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This seat doesn’t look at all comfortable.

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Bicycle parking can be quite inventive.

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This was my favourite bike.

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  1. I biked through Paris with a rent-a-bike. Quite possibly one of the scariest but memorable experiences from my time there.

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    • I would ride a bike around the Lucca walls, but city biking is not for me.

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  2. Even in Europe, something obviously so every day in Amsterdam can seem so exotic for us! Great post. And I could have guessed you’d love the flower bike! xx

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    • I wonder why bikes became so popular. It must be a bit ordinary riding in winter.

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  3. I LOVE this. I used to live in Amsterdam and I can’t tell you how much I miss my bike and biking there. I bike in Milan too, but you always have to be careful about getting hit by a car or a bus. Not the same.

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    • I wouldn’t ride a bike here in Italy, I want to live.

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  4. I like the polka dot bike! I think more cities need to do this.

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    • Brisbane is trying to do it, without a lot of success.

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  5. I should go there…. I love bikes and I loved too in these photographs…Thank you dear Debra, love, nia

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  6. I’d love the pink spotty one! Though I can’t see me cycling much here, except on the walls of Lucca of course!

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  7. Yes those bikes are fantastic….but they can be lethal for tourists! You just never know when one will pop up!!

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  8. Great collection of photos! Yesterday I watched a Rick Steves show on Amsterdam, and I was amazed at the parking garage for bikes – who knows how many were there!

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    • We saw one parking place that held 2,500 bikes.

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  9. I can’t believe how many bikes there are on the bridges in the first photo!There are certainly some cute ones amongst them!

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    • The sheer volume of bikes is a bit scary…..they are everywhere.

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  10. The bike on the fence in the flower bouquet belongs on a card — birthday, Valentine, anniversary. Very artistic. There’s a story there!

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  11. That is a lovely selection of bikes. My favourite is the pink one with blue polka dots.

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    • My favourite, the one with the flowers, appeared on the fence for just a short time. I took the photo from the bus window and a little while later it was gone.

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  12. Incredible photos, Debra,

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    • Amsterdam was a great place to be with a camera.

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  13. There are a LOT of bikes in Amstedam, aren’t there? That’s a huge first impression. But these photos are priceless! Love the bike with the wooden shoe in front. What a hoot!
    Great idea for a post, Deb!
    Hugs,
    Kathy

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    • I wonder why people in Amsterdam took to bicycle riding with such gusto.

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  14. As John and I are deaf, we couldn’t hear the warning bike bells behind us, so we were constantly on the lookout. I felt like strapping a pair of reverse mirrors around my head so I could see what was happening from behind. Or maybe carry a plague on our backs: “Warning, Deaf Pedestrian.” Any better ideas? We had the same experience in parts of East Berlin but not as scary as in Amsterdam.
    I love the dignified way the Dutch ride their bikes, The yellow wooden shoe bike is my favourite.
    Adelaide, being mainly flat, is perfect for bike-riders, but we need to adopt the Amsterdam system of separating the bike tracks from the roads.

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    • I will have a go at making you a hat with mirrors attached…..or possibly they could be glued to your sunglasses and stick out in front a bit…..there must be a way.

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  15. This is a great post! I love all the fun and different looking bikes! I haven’t been to Amsterdam in years but know I would fit right in! 🙂

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    • Amsterdam is a great city to visit, we loved it.

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  16. Great work, Debra – I’d meant to do an Amsterdam bike post myself some time, but they seem so normal to me now I forget to look at them the way you have.

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    • There are just so many bicycles! Next time I might try cycling in Amsterdam.

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  17. I visited Amsterdam for the first time last month and I was amazed at how many bikes there are! :O

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    • Some of those cycle parks are huge. I wonder how people find their bikes in the crowd.

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  18. Your pics are so gorgeous…
    I ‘ve known it already about there’s so many bicycle in Amsterdam from my aunt who visited there last year (and also from the books that i read). Hoping someday i’m going to travel there cause i wanna see it myself 🙂 I love riding a bicycle anyway (for sport)

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    • I knew they rode bikes a lot, but I wasn’t prepared for the number I saw.

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  19. You snapped some wonderful examples, I went a bit mad when in Berlin as they embrace bicycles for all occasions too.

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    • It seems strange to me when they have such extreme winters in these places.

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  20. I thought just crossing the street in Amsterdam required a lot of bravery The trams, the bikes, the motorbikes in the regular bike lanes, the buses, the cars! It’s easier to cross the street in Times Square!

    I had to laugh at your photos because I found something a bit poetic in all the different styles of bikes. And isn’t it a bit strange how they oftentimes randomly park on the sidewalk?

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    • I agree with you, we found it quiet scary walking around Amsterdam. I guess you would get used to the bikes.

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