Bicycles are a way of life in Amsterdam, since not far from 50% of all journeys are made by bicycle (even bicycle taxis exist). A network of bicycle
paths has been built to allow cyclists easy and safe access the whole city. The bicycle is not only a form of transport ecological and economic
(hiring a bicycle is not very expensive), but is also a solution to the traffic problems. It is also much easier park a bicycle than a car, even
if there are a lot of bicycles in Amsterdam (they can be seen chained up everywhere, even on bridges).
Even so, it's necessary to be prudent because, even if it is the preferred method of locomotion for the Amsterdammers, there are nonetheless certain rules to be respected : be careful of other bicycles, of pedestrians (tourists have a tendency to walk of the bicycle paths), of cars (even if they are few) and especially of tramways (donít get the wheels stuck in the tramway rails). Oh yes, one other important point...There is no brake lever on the handlebar on the Amsterdam bicycles ! You use the pedals (backwards) to stop !
There is so much to see in Amsterdam ! Discover the "must see" places such as Dam square (tourist and commercial heart of the city), the controversial Red Light District, the Begijnhof and the flowers market. A walk along the Herengracht canal (the lords' canal) and the Keizersgracht (emperors' canal) will allow you to discover some remarkable architecture ! At the extreme south of these canals, the Magere Bridge (Magere Brug) is also worth a look. This is the most famous bridge of all the numerous bridges in Amsterdam, you have certainly seen it because it has been the backdrop for numerous films such as "Diamonds Are Forever" (James Bond)...The photographers amongst you will have a great time particularly when the bridge is lit up with 1200 lamps !