Do you have a bike? I don’t have one, nor two, but three bikes. I use one to cycle to my work (with a little help from a motor), then I have one to use in the weekends for longer rides, and lastly, one mountainbike. There aren’t any mountains in the Netherlands, but head wind can truly make it feel as if you’re cycling up a hill.
It seems obvious that cycling is very popular in the Netherlands, since every Dutchman has at least one bike on average. A lot of people tend to use their bikes to go to school or work. Of course, we could use public transport just as well, however, cycling has always been a very good (and healthy) alternative.
Just like any road user, cyclists have to keep to traffic rules. For example, lights should be visible at the front and rear end of your bicycle. However, the unofficial rules are much more important. Foreigners are hardly ever aware of these rules, which means you have to be extra careful. Unlike what most foreigners think, wearing a helmet is not actually a traffic rule in the Netherlands. It is far more likely to spot a cyclist wearing a life jacket than a helmet. During our daytrip to Kinderdijk, you may just find out why…
Rules for thieves
Although it is obviously not allowed to steal bikes, they are favoured articles for thieves. That is why it is so important to lock your bike properly or thieves will not hesitate to take your bike away. You wouldn’t be the first to come back to a disappeared bike.
Our planned daytrips
Be prepared to cycle a long distance on Saturday 8th of July. If you can, bring some rainwear with you. However, hopefully you will need some sunblock instead.