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Amsterdam Moving Around In Two Wheels

Mar 1, 2008
Although it may seem somewhat strange to the modern traveler in this technological world, a bicycle is the ideal way to travel around Amsterdam. This city was just not built for cars. Amsterdam's city center, formed in the 17th century, was intended for pedestrians and certainly not for large vehicles. Amsterdam is characterized by its narrow streets and canals and has conditions that are not conducive to traffic and parking.

Any visitor to Amsterdam will soon discover that a bicycle is the perfect form of transport. It is believed that there are approximately 600,000 bicycles in Amsterdam. It is interesting to note that almost half of the transport within the city takes place by bicycle. This includes the young and the old, irrelevant of age or reasons for travel. Bicycles are considered to be the most efficient form of transport for the roads in the city.

In addition to cycling as an accepted and common form of transport for Amsterdam's citizens, this method is also used by tourists as a way to get around. One can of course not sleep on a bike and when planning a trip to Amsterdam one needs to find a place to stay. A variety of different types of accommodation are available in order to suit various budgets.

The common use of bicycles enables tourists to choose a place of accommodation close to places of interest within the city without parking difficulties. There are several different companies that offer bike rentals to tourists. This provides visitors with an excellent way to experience the city. There are special routes for cyclists and even guided tours so that tourists may enjoy the city. For foreign tourists, it is important to note that in Holland vehicles and bicycles travel on the right hand side of the road. Traffic regulations and signs including some that are especially for bikers should be adhered to and it is advisable to pay attention to this matter. In addition, it is recommended to lock or chain up the bicycle in order to prevent the possible theft of the bike.

All in all, this provides a great way to get around Amsterdam and see the variety of different sites available. Visitors may travel by bike to different museums or monuments. Alternatively, cyclists may choose one of the special bike routes as a way to experience Amsterdam life or to view sights of the city of Amsterdam and surrounding areas. It is interesting to note that cycling routes and paths in Amsterdam total approximately 400km. It is even possible to rent a bike near a train station then travel by train with the bike to the selected location and then explore by bicycle.
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