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 25 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.

Source IamExpat

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