Safe Cycling

Cycling in the city can be hectic, especially if you’re not used to Amsterdam-style traffic! Here are a few things to keep in mind after you rent a bike.

A Couple of Rules

Stay on the right path: Use the bicycle lane or track on the right-hand side of the road, marked out by white lines and bike symbols. Do not cycle on footpaths, shopping streets, pavements or highways.

Keep the cycle-free areas in mind: In front of Central Station and down the Leidsestraat is pedestrian-only area.  Leidseplein, Rembrandtplein and Waterlooplein are also cycle-free areas.

Don’t imitate the locals: Do not behave like many people hurrying through Amsterdam, by not giving right of way, charging through red lights or cycling through pedestrian areas. Stop for red (cycle) traffic lights. Always follow instructions given by the police. Disregarding the rules could cost you a fine of 50 euros.

Always lock your bike: Never leave your bike unlocked. Lock your bike to a bike rack, using two locks: one through the back wheel and one around the frame through the front wheel. Don’t park your bike in front of Central Station or on Dam Square. Do not leave anything behind on your bicycle.

Don’t park your bike everywhere: Always lock your bike securely and do no park on the road or in the path of pedestrians. Your bike will be removed if you don’t park it in the designated parking spots that are everywhere in town.

Avoid being an obstruction for other traffic: Look before you leap – so don’t turn or stop suddenly. Don’t dart out from between parked vehicles; Let others know what you’re planning to do – use hand signals and make eye contact. Be aware of trams and taxis (they often have right of way), trucks, mopeds and of course other cyclists.


Check Out the Video

Too much text? We have made a video to show all the rules to make sure you are safe when you ride a bike in Amsterdam. If you still have questions after watching this video, do not hesitate to contact us.

More information? Check out MacBike’s leaflet.