Are you visiting Amsterdam with your family with (small) children? And would you like to rent a bike to explore the city with? If so, A-Bike wants to help you on your way. In this article, we’ll give you the most important tips and tricks for the ultimate biking experience with your family in Amsterdam.
Is it safe to rent bikes with kids in Amsterdam?
Exploring Amsterdam by bike with the whole family is an unforgettable and fantastic experience. You choose for yourself where you go, how fast, and how often you stop for breaks, and you’ll experience the city the same way as the locals, for whom biking is the most important mode of transportation. But many visitors from abroad wonder: is it safe to cycle in the city with my children? Our answer in short: yes, it’s safe to rent bikes with your family in Amsterdam, as long as you adhere to the basic safety rules. What those rules are depends on your family situation:
The (young) kids can’t ride bikes yet
Small children who can’t yet ride a bike on their own can ride with an adult on his or her bike, for example in a child’s seat on the handlebars, behind the seat, or in the front of a cargo bike (read more below about the different kinds of bikes). Of course adults with a child on the bike must adhere to the most important rules of safe cycling. Keep your bike on the clearly marked bike lanes, and don’t cycle in places where it’s not permitted to do so. Are you unsure? Then dismount your bike and walk it a bit further up the sidewalk until the situation is clear again. Never brake suddenly. And finally, never bike through a red stoplight.
The kids know how to ride a bike
Can the children already cycle? Then they’re probably itching to get out on their own bikes. We advise parents to review the safety rules mentioned above with their children. While cycling it’s handy to have your child ride ‘on the inside’ (between the adult and the curb). Wearing a helmet is not mandatory in the Netherlands, but we firmly recommend it.
What kind of bike should I rent with a family?
Don’t be shocked in Amsterdam if you see a mother or father racing by on a bike with three children in tow and a couple of big grocery bags hanging from the handlebars. This can seem intimidating for foreign visitors, but don’t worry: this skill takes years of practice, and Amsterdammers don’t expect it from visitors. But who knows what you’re capable of after a bit of practice with the different bicycles A-Bike rents to families! You can choose out of the following models:
Normal bike with child’s seat
This bike is appropriate for adults. Does your child weigh less than 15 kilograms? Then you can bring him or her in the child’s seat attached to the handlebars. If your child is heavier than 22 kilograms, then you can bring him or her in the child’s seat on the back of the bike. The low-sitting frame makes it easy to get on and off.
Does your child weigh more than 22 kilograms, and is he or she not able to cycle yet? Then a cargo bike would be a good choice. This practical bike is very popular with families in Amsterdam. Two