Travel Tuesday: On Your Bike!

Whether you are a serious spinner or a casual cruiser, today at Love Home Swap are spotlight is on bike culture in Amsterdam, the cycling capital of the world. Biking is a quintessentially Dutch experience and by far the most effective way of seeing...

Whether you are a serious spinner or a casual cruiser, today at Love Home Swap are spotlight is on bike culture in Amsterdam, the cycling capital of the world.

Biking is a quintessentially Dutch experience and by far the most effective way of seeing the city. Whether you are looking for a relaxed city tour or day out in an urban park with numerous rental outlets loaning a bike for as little as 12 Euros a day, the choice is yours. There are more than 1 million bikes with in the City and the greater area and more than 12,000 bikes are retrieved from canals a year!

Why not take a ride down to Vondelpark, Amsterdam's largest and certainly most famous park that welcomes at least 10 million visitors every year! Located just south of Leidseplein, next to the Van Gogh museum the park is loved by tourists and locals alike and is always full of people lounging by the water, cycling thorough the park or just lazing about in the grass. With regular free concerts an open air theatre and a bandstand the park is awash with pleasant noises and Dutch culture.

Keep it safe with these top tips from GoAmsterdam.com:

1. Know Where to Ride: Amsterdam is saturated with 400KM (249 miles) of bike lanes and paths (Fietspaden) making it the most cycle friendly city in the world, running parallel to the streets on the right hand side and emblazed with white lines and bike symbols they are hard to miss. Stick to the cycle lanes when you can and ride with the traffic if you can't, AVOID THE PAVEMENTS.

2. Give Right of Way: Trams run through the city from all angels, be aware and always give way, if you have a fight with a tram you will loose. Always give way to traffic coming from your right but coaches, buses and taxis will push the rules so stay alert.

3. Lock it When you leave it: Bike theft in Amsterdam is a problem but can simple be avoided by making sure your bike is locked, always put your lock through the wheel AND the front bar. Simple. Look for signs that say 'Heir geen fietsen plaatsen' (Do not place bicycles here). If you ignore them your bike may be confiscated.

4. Be a defensive biker: You may know the road rules but it doesn't mean that everybody does. You will constantly be obstructed by pedestrian tourists, remain calm and go around them not through them.

Amsterdam: On Yer Bike infographic

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