About a year ago, I wrote about where to bike in Amsterdam.Â Cycling is a must-do in Amsterdam because:
- it’s a one-of-a-kind experience – a bike ride like no other
- it’s often faster to get around
- it’s what locals do. Ayou want the real deal,eh?
The thing is, people are always asking me for Amsterdam travel tips on how to get around without being hit by a car. Â It’s a valid question – though, I must disclose, I have been hit by a car. Â So, please take my Amsterdam cycling tips with a grain of salt. Â I actually have just three tips that should help.
- Confidence Wins: Consider that shy, uneasy driver in the midst of a big city. Â Often, they cause a menace to themselves, and the same is true here. Â When it says green, GO. Â Signal your turn and then turn, don’t hesitate and watch someone come flying around you.
- Look Both Ways: Â Yes, the Dutch drive on the right. Â That doesn’t mean everything will come at you from the right. Â Look both ways :)
- Don’t Violate the Rules (unlike the locals): Â Locals will go against traffic, will dart in front of trams, and run red lights. Â Don’t do this. Â It is an art and a science to know what rules can be violated, and what ones will get you run over. Â So, don’t do as the Romans do….
Really, biking in Amsterdam is very safe and I wouldn’t worry too much about your trip. Â Your biggest threat is getting caught in a downpour. Â (Oh, and that reminds me… don’t ride with an umbrella. Â It’s just aÂ recipeÂ for disaster…)
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