Central Business District
Connected Regional Bicycle Paths
Design for healthy living
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Amsterdam has long been recognized as one of the world’s great bicycling cities, and for good reason—the city is home to more bikes than people and a higher percentage of trips within the city are made by bike than by car. While Amsterdam residents have long had a history of cycling to meet their daily needs, a cultural preference for two-wheeled transportation alone does not explain why the city so vastly outpaces its peers in nearly every measure of bicycle use. Instead, over the past half-century, local advocates, elected officials, and other stakeholders have worked to reverse the city’s post–World War II embrace of the automobile by crafting bike-friendly policies and directing funding toward infrastructure that makes meeting one’s daily transportation needs by bike a safe, convenient, and even obvious choice.
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- Total Bicycles: 881,000 bikes for 835,000 residents
- Proportion of population who cycle daily: 58% of those older than 12
- Total Length Of Cycle Paths and Bike Lanes: 477 Miles (767 Km)
- Bicycle Shops: 140
- Bicycle Parking Spots around Amsterdam Central Station: 10,000
- Bicycle Racks: 200,000 to 225,000
- Secured Bike Parking Garages: 25 (Including 8 free garages)
- Source: Building Healthy Places Initiative (BHP), https://uli.org/Health