Amsterdam is widely considered to be one of the very best cities for cyclists in the world. That didn’t happen overnight, a few decades ago when the city was choked with cars, the locals took some very specific steps to get to where they are today.
Amsterdam world’s most bicycle-friendly city
Amsterdam defends the title as the world’s most bicycle-friendly city in the 2013 Copenhagenize Index. The world’s most bicycle-friendly city does almost everything right. What the city lacks in a uniform infrastructure design it more than makes up for with its impressive saturation of bicycle traffic in the compact city centre. The widespread 30 km/h zones are instrumental in slowing the city and keeping people safe.
Amsterdam is relaxed
The cycling atmosphere in Amsterdam is relaxed, enjoyable, and as mainstream as you can get. This is the one place on the planet where fear-mongering about cycling is non-existent and it shows.