General information on cycling in the Netherlands

Cycling in the Netherlands is the most popular form of daily transport; using a bicycle for your daily needs is fun, convenient and more importantly, (almost) for free!

With more than 18 million bicycles in the Netherlands and 1,2 million new ones sold every year, this country is considered a cyclist’s heaven.

Facts about cycling in the Netherlands

Cycling for the Dutch is a way of life; it is distributed evenly across all income groups.
 Rates of cycling do not fall considerably with age.
 The Netherlands' flat terrain is ideal for average cyclists; short-range routes do not really require a high degree of physical fitness.
 The quality of bicycle lanes (fietspad) is very high throughout the country.
 The best season for long-distance cycling is the period from May till September.
 You can purchase a new bicycle for about 250 to 500 euros or a used one for about 50 to 150 euros.

Cyclists' rights & duties

 Always use the bicycle lanes.
 Follow the same rules as motor vehicle drivers and adhere to traffic lights and signs.
 Signal by putting out your arm when you change direction.
 Always give right of way to buses, trams and taxis.
 Accidents are quite rare; most drivers are cyclists too.
 You are obliged to use safety helmets and wear special cycling outfits only in organised racing competitions.
 Towing a trailer is permitted.

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Bicycle transportation & storage

 Bicycles can be transferred by plane as checked luggage (20 kilos allowance).
 Bikes are not allowed on Dutch buses and trams.
 If you want to take your bicycle in the train, you need to buy a special ticket before boarding. Also note that:
- There are designated places for the bicycles; usually at the end of the train.
- It is not possible to transport bicycles during rush hours (before 9am and between 4.30pm - 6pm). This does not apply to weekends (Saturday and Sunday) and summer period (July and August).
- You do not need an extra ticket if your bicycle is packed or folded.
 You can find bike stands to park your bicycle all over the country.
 Most (indoor) bicycle parking lots can hold thousands of bicycles.

Notes on cycling in the Netherlands

 You are expected to keep your bicycle in good condition. However, a fancy bicycle will definitely increase the possibility of theft.
 Do not cycle in busy areas such as stations or squares.
 Watch out for tram rails, don't let your wheels get caught!
 If your bicycle gets stolen, police will probable do nothing about it. Around 5 per cent of all bicycles in the Netherlands are reported stolen every year!
 Petty crime in the Netherlands is based on bike theft. Ride it or lock it:
- with both an ordinary and a u-shaped lock (slot, a factory-installed lock that passes through the rear spokes).
- always attach your bike to something immovable and solid such as a tree, fence or pole.
- if possible lock your bike in a bike stand or at a bicycle parking lot.
 Placing lights (both headlight and tail-light) on your bicycle is always a wise move. They are cheap, you will not have to worry about police tickets, and you lower the possibility of a car accident during the night.
 Multiple riders on one bike is not an unusual phenomenon.

See.Sense ICON: Intelligent bike lights with innovative features

Using integrated sensors, the light can sense a cyclist's movement, recognising when the lights should be brighter or blink faster e.g. around a roundabout.

Pingbell: A smart bell that helps you find your bike

Dutch-based studio FROLIC designed Pingbell - a bike bell and app that can locate your bike by using Bluetooth technology to drop a pin on its location.

BRIK’s chain-free city bike

Dutch bicycle brand BRIK makes aluminium shaft-driven cycles for men and women, which eliminates the need for conventional chains.

CydeKick: A power-producing bike accessory

CydeKick allows you to charge your smartphone (or any USB-compatible device) and bike lights by generating power from your wheel rotations.

Surge in e-bike popularity means Dutch cycle farther

Dutch cyclists are biking longer distances than they were five years ago. Electric bikes may be the reason more people are favouring two wheels instead of four.

The A-Bike Electric: a compact, stress-free ride

A-Bike, the quintessential lightweight folding bicycle, is going electric on Kickstarter!

Leg&Go bike for kids: eight bikes in one

For fast-growing and bike-loving kids, this kickstarter campaign promotes a balance bike that can be adjusted for children aged from 8 months to 6 years.

Dutch study shows cyclists live longer

A study from Utrecht University shows your morning bicycle commute might be even healthier than you thought, potentially adding months to your life!

The LINKA lock: high-tech security for your bike

Stop bike thieves in their tracks! The innovative new LINKA lock/alarm system is equipped with smart technology to offer multiple layers of protection.

The Bicycle Wrap Skirt: for fashionable, active lifestyles

A Kickstarter campaign by the founder of clothing company Forest and Fin aims to make biking in a skirt convenient and risk-free!


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