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With the increase of e bikes on already busy cycle paths, and considering the increased speed at which they travel and thus higher impact crashes shouldn’t the debate be reopened whether helmets should become compulsory to wear? I cycle every morning with my kids to take them to school. The number of near misses is increasing...
You're absolutely right. The cycle paths are getting a lot busier and the speed is increasing. Luckily helmets are already compulsory for speed pedelecs and more and more children and cyclists on fast bikes (e-bike, mountain bike etc.) are wearing a helmet. That's a start.
But is making helmets compulsory really the solution? Wouldn't it be better to give cyclists more space and maybe even make separate lanes for fast and slow cyclists so there are no near misses? Shouldn't we try to make cycling so safe that helmets are not really necessary?
Hi. Te the July 2018 law re mobile phone use while riding a bike. The word ‘operating’ in the law is a bit vague. If I’m riding my bicycle and I have an earbud, my phone is in my pocket, am I allowed to talk in the phone? Hands free, eye on the road etc.
As long as you're not holding your phone or pressing any buttons you're staying within the law.
I'm very exited and interested in doing a 5 to 7 day self supported bike tour in Holland. For a first time person what route would you recommend? I plan to camp most of the time so please think about that. Your HELP WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.
The easiest option is to choose one of the existing long-distance cycle routes - many of them are signposted and marked on the main cycle maps. See: https://www.holland-cycling.com/where-to-go/long-distance-cycle-routes
As Holland is mainly flat there is little difference in how difficult the routes are. Just consider the prevailing wind direction, especially if you are cycling along the coast or in open polder landscapes.
Thank you for such useful information. There are plenty of great details regarding the purchase of a daily cycle ticket for the trains in Holland but nothing saying if & how to reserve a bike space on a particular train.
It is only possible to reserve a space for your bike on international trains. On all other trains you just have to see whether there is space. Thanks for your feedback. This information has now been added to our website for future users.
Hi any signed books by shirley agudo please I know she has written two .
In our blog article 'The Dutch & their bikes photo book' you will find all the contact information you need to get hold of a signed copy of Shirley Agudo's books. See: https://www.holland-cycling.com/blog/128-the-dutch-their-bikes-photo-book
Hi, we're a couple that are coming to Holland in July '19. for a month bicycle tour. Could you please tell me the directions of prevailling winds on the north coast. Thank you very much. Regards. Annie & Tony.
It is very difficult to find a touring bike with panniers. Amsterdam has few place where you can ret them, but others city to not have any.
Yes, I'm afraid you are absolutely right about that. If you're startng your tour outside Amsterdam it's better to try to rent your touring bike with panniers at one of Holland's popular cycling destinations (e.g. Wadden Islands, Veluwe, Zeeland) than in one of the bigger cities.
I would like to find an English version of Stap Op. Does it exist?
No, as far as I know the Stap Op game is only available in Dutch. However, the pictures on the cards are pretty self-explanatory, so understanding the language is not essential for playing the game.
Very helpful thank you. I am planning a cycle trip across the Netherlands in June starting from Hoek van Holland to Twello to see relations and then on to Veden in Germany. Any suggestions and advice on campsites etc would be most welcome.
You will find information on campsites on our Camping page. See: http://www.holland-cycling.com/planning-your-trip/where-to-stay/camping.
We like to use the SVR campsites. These farm campsites are usually small, basic, family run, friendly to cyclists and relatively inexpensive. There are many of them spread around the country (not so many along the coast). Inland where you're planning to cycle you shouldn't find it too difficult to cycle from one to the next.
Thank you for your advice.
How easy is it to get on the zuiderzee cycle route from Amsterdam. Would you advise hiring a bike or bring your own.
The Zuiderzee Cycle Route goes through Amsterdam, so you can easily start and end the route there.
For more information on the route, see: http://www.holland-cycling.com/where-to-go/long-distance-cycle-routes/national-long-distance-cycle-network/zuider-sea-route-zuiderzeeroute
Whether you bring your own bike or rent a bike is entirely up to you. What do you prefer, what is easiest, cheapest? If you decide to rent a bike in Amsterdam, you can go here for an overview of bike rental companies in Amsterdam: http://www.holland-cycling.com/amsterdam/getting-around-amsterdam/bicycle-rental-amsterdam
Hoping to skate across holland next year using the LF4 route. Is the whole route suitable for skates or are there sections of gravel/dirt paths?
Stuggling to find out info on thepath surface.
I have cycled the section from The Hague to Arnhem and can't remember any gravel/dirt paths. Gravel/dirt paths are most commonly found in the dunes and heath and woodland areas. The LF4 doesn't have many of these.
The easiest way to find out more about information on path surfaces, is via the online cycle route planner of the Dutch Cyclists' Union: http://www.holland-cycling.com/planning-your-trip/planning-your-route/online-cycle-route-planner
Once you've clicked on the 'Plan route' button, you can select a route type. Select the option 'racefietsroute'. Any path suitable for a racing bike, should be suitable for skates.
I tried downloading the cycling app, and it is all in Dutch. Are there any plans to have an English version in the future? Is there another app for cycling Holland in English?
Holland-Cycling.com doesn't have an app.
Do you mean the app of the online cycle route planner of the Dutch Cyclists' Association? I don't know whether they have any plans for an English app.
Their desktop version does have an English option - just follow the link on our Online cycle route planner page and select your language via the button in the top right hand corner.
thanks a lot for clarifying the new rules for pedelec ebikes. still have one question however. are those bikes completely banned from dedicated cycle lanes in urban areas or still allowed but then up to a speed of 30km.
thanks in advance.
The speed pedelec that can go up to 45 km p/h is now classed as a moped in Holland. This means that all rules for the moped apply, whatever speed you are riding.
Great website :)
Thanks for an information that makes me sure to send my daughter to Holland. My daughter is 12 years old, Indonesian Champion for BMX Cross (Challenge) and Roadbike Series on her age ...
So, for me and my daughter, Holland is our 'Land of Dream' (too many champ in a both discipline :) )
If you have any informations about cycling school and how to get like a 'scholarship', please give us a clue. Many many thanks for your help :)
Gilang (Jakarta Indonesia)
I would contact the Nederlandse Fietscross Federatie (BMX) or the Koninklijke Nederlandsche Wielren Unie (road bike).
Good luck to your champion daughter!
Bernard The Geeky Cyclist
Hi Hilary and Steven,
Great blog about riding in Holland. I used to live across the border in Aachen, Germany and I'm impressed with the road conditions there. Unfortunately it was during the winter and I didn't get a lot of riding done.
Would definitely be back with my bike the next time.
I have just completed the Rijnfietsroute from the Swiss mountains to Hoek van Holland, a wonderful trip - really enjoyable.
Cycling through the Netherlands was an absolute pleasure and I plan to return soon, this time with my wife. Your site looks like a great resource with which to plan our next cycle holiday.
Have used your site to plan trips after arriving in Holland.
Excellent website, very easy to use.
On my way to Holland at the end of May and can't WAIT to try out the country's cycling infrastructure. Your day trips page is like a candy shop - so many choices! I look forward to riding a few. Thank you for a great page!
Love all your online bicycling info. Thank you and greetings from Cologne.
S.A. Srinivasa Sarma
I had come to Groningen during the first week of May. It was a great experience to see people of all ages prefer cycling than cars. On seeing citizens cycling I reminded of some one telling that cyclists' nation does not create jobs, because , the nation of cyclists does not need gym, doctors, dentists, hospitals and medical shops every where. When citizens choose to travel through two or four wheelers, car industry grows, insurance companies pick up business, marketing people love to earn money, Macdonalds mint profit, dental surgeons are needed, general surgeons are order of the day due to fast food and fast life.
When I saw people cycling here, I went back to my school days in India,when I used my cycle to travel and roam all around. It was a fun. Cycle was considered to be poor man's wealth and vehicle. Due to market and materialist economy, the cycle has lost its glory and people think that having scooters and cars are symbol of prosperity. Now at the young age, people get heart attack,sugar, BP and what not. One has to pay through nose to lose weight. It is wonderful to know that Dutch people still love cycles and devote roads for cyclists. What an amazing experience in the world of materialism and chase for fast moving vehicles. The cycle may be slowest vehicle, but definitely the healthiest vehicle for mankind. This should be understood by citizens of world.
Almost after 35 years, I started using cycle in Groningen. What a delight. The joy of riding a cycle cannot be measured at the age of sixty. I recalled my college days in Coimbatore city in the state of Tamilnadu, India. Perhaps, cycle is the vehicle for good health and all other countries should follow Dutch in promoting cycle and cyclists , so that pollution is reduced and people lead a healthy life.
I have been touring, recently in Holland riding a Saxonette. I prefer a two stroke engine to an electric bike. I take, with me, a 5 litre jerry tank reserve fuel. This gives me a total of 6 litres fuel, a range of 400 km!! An electric bike must stop to recharge batteries. Also they deteriorate in time over 5/6 years. Replacement will cost €500/700 depending on type.
I take Vrienden op de Fiets for overnachtingen. Very friendly and not expensive. €19.00 inclusive breakfast.
Saxonette facts. Twee takt 30cc , 500 watts power rating, 1 litre fuel gives 70 km range. Max. speed 25 km/hr. Typical average speed when long distance touring is 15/16 km/hr.
Looking forward to next year touring in Holland. Beautiful landscape. Onions and more onions! and potato velden everywhere! Very safe fietspaden. Belgium is years behind. They never planned their road systems years ago. Now it is too late and expensive to change.
Living in Holland, it's easy to forget how lucky we are to have such an extensive network of safe cycle paths. Pleased to hear you enjoyed your tour and are planning to come back next year with your Saxonette!
I came across your website when doing a last minute search to come up with a plan for day one of our holiday when I realised how early we had to disembark from the ferry! We downloaded one of your day routes - Haarlem Dunes - and had a wonderful day's cycling, taking in a great variety of sights and landscape. I suggested your Amsterdam route to some friends who cycled it a week later, and said it was a lovely days cycle ride. Thank you
Love all the online bicycling info. Thank you.
Leonardo Goncalves Fecchio
Hi, I´m from Brazil and I´m studying the cycling culture in several places in the world, including the regulations applied in those places.
I´ve just read the "Traffic rules and regulations for cyclists" and I wonder what are the punishment for cyclist who doesn´t follow those rules.
Thks a lot in advance!
Cyclists that don't keep to the rules risk a fine. How high the fine is will depend on the type of offence. One of the most common fines is for cycling without lights. This can cost you up to 55 euros (see: Cyclists, switch on your lights).
As the Dutch police is not very pro-active when it comes to handing out fines, many cyclists tend to bend the rules a bit. They might not risk a fine, but they are putting their lives at risk.