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10 Reasons NOT to Rent a Bike in Amsterdam

10 Reasons NOT to Rent a Bike in Amsterdam

Just about everyone—from the folks at iAmsterdam (the city’s marketing arm) to countless bloggers, journalists and guidebook writers—urges you to rent a bike in Amsterdam. “See the city like a local,” they enthuse, somehow assuming tourists are both skilled on two wheels and knowledgeable about the medieval cobblestones, narrow alleyways, tram tracks and teeming bike paths they’re about to navigate as they tool around a foreign city.
Amsterdam is, after all, a city of bikes, where everyone from toddlers to seniors and high-power executives commutes on two wheels. Among the rolling throng are businessmen with briefcases, students with backpacks, moms (and dads) with onboard babies, prostitutes on their way to Red Light District windows and omas toting flower-filled satchels. For more than a century, Amsterdammers have worshipped their bikes or fietsen—“probably because that’s what powers them,” the authors of The UnDutchables surmise. In this small, flat country, riding a bike is like breathing.
Read the full article at:
https://uncloggedblog.com/2016/09/14/10-reasons-not-to-rent-a-bike-in-amsterdam/

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