Just about everyone cycles in Amsterdam, and not just for fun: 50% of Amsterdammers use their bikes daily, and rush hour bike lanes teem with office workers in suits, students headed to class, and parents with tots piled onto children's seats. Join the locals for a taste of this daily ritual, and discover the city on its favorite means of transport.
Rental bikes are available all over town, from inconspicuous Dutch omafietsen (also known as "Dutch bikes"), to ones that clearly hail from a rental company -- an effective device to warn locals of the possibly inexperienced cyclists behind the handlebars. Specialized bike maps, like the Amsterdam op de fiets map ("Amsterdam by Bicycle"; available for EUR 4 at the VVV tourist information center), are an indispensable resource for first-time cyclists in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam Bike Safety