Amsterdam is undisputedly the European bike capital. The modal split for cycling reaches around 50% in the city as a whole and 62% in the inner city. In Amsterdam, cycling is not a sport, but an everyday mode of transport.
And while other cities are more or less eagerly working on the extension of their bike infrastructure, we’re already there. Bicycle lanes form a continuous network, they’re broad enough for conversational cycling and equipped with their own traffic lights. The Central Station has turned into a multi-modal transport hub with plug-in parking facilities for 11,000 bikes – even under water.
But even Amsterdam still faces some challenges, including bike-cluttered public spaces and interference between different modes of transport.
Experience Dutch cycling infrastructure on a tour through the historic city centre as well as some newly developed areas with architour. We’ll show you lots of best practice examples, explain about the design of bike lanes, roundabouts and intersections, innovative bicycle garages, shared space concepts – and the importance of non-verbal communication.
Explanations about the history of cycling in the Netherlands, current trends and issues, peculiarities of Dutch bike infrastructure, municipal and national policies
New bike parking solutions in the city centre and around the Central Station, incl. underwater garages for 11,000 bikes
Not a lot of space, but a lot of bikes: density as an issue in the old town