I’m a cyclist.
I don’t do competitions or long distance or anything like that, don’t get me wrong, but my bicycle is my way of transportation, I’m a true Amsterdammer.. I cycle about 350 days a year if I’m not abroad any of those. The other 15 are generally too icy or snowy. Wind, rain, cold, that’s all no problem to me. Even a little bit of snow or ice I can handle.
For the Nieuwe Amsterdammers (New Amsterdam-inhabitants) & tourists, I summarise the treaths/ hazards of cycling in Amsterdam below. And for you Amsterdammers like me, it’s just a reminder so you don’t get reminded just as rockhard (it was actually more concrete-hard) as I just did.
- Trams, buses and taxi’s.
In general they act rude, don’t care about you, drive through the red light and can’t break in time ’cause of their speed.
The wheels of your bike almost perfectly fit into the tramrails. You get the wheels in, but before you get them out you’re on the floor (That’s exactly what just happened to ME, an experienced city-of-Amsterdam-cyclist).
- Black ice.
For about 2 weeks a year, generally in December and/or January, we have the black ice thing. Black ice is ice on the roads that is not visible (CHECK here for a much more clear Wiki-explanation) But it’s there. Killing!
- Girls with skirts.
Foreigners are always amazed. I always try to not be one of them. Seriously; Dutch girls all ages wear short skirts on their bicycle and this can be a bit distracting.
So… be careful, ok? (Guess this whole article is more meant for me than for you) I’m on the lookout for a new bicycle now..after fixing, my Hummer might last a bit longer but I guess tomorrow I’ll travel by tram and my Hummy probably had his best days.
So to cheer us up here’s a golden oldie. Funny fact; I’ve never seen this version of the clip before, I guess I was too young…