It is said that the 750.000+ citizens of Amsterdam together own some 600.000 bikes. You only have to take one look at Amsterdam’s streets to figure that’s about right.
The city, first settled in the 12th century, wasn’t really made with cars in mind. And even with Amsterdam’s excellent, finely-mazed public transport system, getting from a to b by bike tends to be just as fast — if not faster.
In recent years, custom bikes have really taken off. They come in all shapes and sizes, and are built for different purposes. The bike in this photo, for instance, is designed to carry one adult and three children. Perfect for those trips to and from school.
Other custom bikes have a storage ‘trunk’ large enough to carry several days worth of groceries, while yet other bikes can move small loads of, say, household goods.
Amsterdam, the city of bikes is best seen either on foot or by bike.
A bicycle parked in front of a “no bike parking here” sign… typically Amsterdam.
In Amsterdam customizing the look of your bike is not just an art… it also is a form of bike theft insurance.