About the Cyclists' Union of Amsterdam
About the Cyclists’ Union of Amsterdam
On this page you’ll find some introductory information about who we are and what we do.
If you would like to know more, please contact us:
Who we are, what we do, and how we do it
The Cyclists’ Union is a national, non-governmental organization that protects and promotes the interests of cyclists all over the country. Cyclists are encouraged to become members of the Union, so that the Union can grow bigger and increase cyclist safety and improve cyclist comfort. Currently there are 35,000 members nationwide. In major cities, local branches take care of the things we do.
Amsterdam has the largest local branch, with more than 4,000 members. Some of these members are actively engaged in protecting the interests of the cyclists, both now and in the future. They do this by participating on traffic committees deployed by local government, by researching notoriously dangerous intersections in the city, by producing our local magazine OEK, or by doing other useful things.
At our local office two fulltime employees are the technical backbone of our department, our local back-office. These professionals engage in contacting politicians and civil servants of various governmental organisations, mostly about technical traffic issues. Due to our involvement many cycle-lanes have been built, traffic lights installed and, on the whole, the conditions for cyclists have considerably been improved.
Facts of Cycling in Amsterdam
More than 70% of the local population of 12 years and older has a bike and is using it. Upwardly mobile, working Amsterdammers, age 30 to 45 years, use their bikes most frequently. Women use their bikes more than men. The fact that people own a car does not mean that they won’t use a bike.
In the city centre, the bike is the most used mode of transport. Research has shown that in this area the bike is a more efficient means of transportation than the car. The number of movements by bike has increased since 1986. The core of the policy of the city council is to ensure the coherent implementation of measures to improve the infrastructure and increase road safety, thus encouraging the use of the bicycle. The Cyclists’ Union is stimulating and supporting this policy in every way it sees fit. A potential growing market is the immigrant population of Amsterdam, now 45% of the total population. Especially young people and women need to be encouraged to cycle more often (instead of speeding on pollution-emitting scooters in bike lanes).On some streets and at some intersections, the increase of cycling creates problems during rush hour. Bike parking near train stations and in popular places in the city centre remains a problem. The Cyclists’ Union encourages the city council to take the necessary measures to address these situations.Download the flyer on Cycling Safely in Amsterdam
More information about Amsterdam cycling policy
- City of Amsterdam cycling policy (in English)
- Long term Cycling policy Amsterdam (pdf, english)
- Le Monde 2012: “Amsterdam dépassée par le succès du vélo” (French)
- View on the rise of cycling in Amsterdam (in English)
Facts and survey (in Dutch):
Bicycle excursions for professionals in Amsterdam
More information about our bicycle excursions for professionals in Amsterdam, about cycling infrastructure, cycling policy, cycling history and future:
More links about cycling
- Fietsersbond (Dutch Cyclists’ Union)
- An important information source about cycling in the Netherlands is Fietsberaad (partly translated in English)
- Nationwide Cycle Route Planner. Select ‘english’ under the language-tab.
- Amsterdam Cycle Routes
- LF routes Long Distance Recreational Cycle network (English page)
- Good overview of history of Dutch Cycling
- Promotion Film “Amsterdam loves bikes”
- Amsterdamized : Rise and Shine”
- “Amsterdam loves bicycles”
- Promotion film about cycling from the Dutch Cycling embassy
- Markenlei chanel many more films with examples of Dutch cycling.
Blogs about Amsterdam Cycling Culture (in English)
- Bicycle Dutch by Mark Wagenbuur
- A view from the cycle path by David Hembrow
- Amsterdam Cycle Chic about a cycling life style
- Design manual for bicycle traffic (No download, book)
- American version (different)
- Research about cycling safety
Background of Dutch cycling culture
- Giselinde Kuipers: “Her Majesties bicycle, about national habitus and sociological comparison” in Dutch
- in English
- Peter Peltzer, Bicycling as a Way of Life. A comparative case study of Bicycle Culture in Portland and Amsterdam.
- Presentation of this study
- about the ‘Cycling Class’ (Dutch)
- Long distance cycle routes for commuters (Dutch)
- Long distance cycle routes for commuters (Dutch)
- ‘cycle2on5’ Stimulating commuters to cycle to/from work at least twice a week.
- Copenhagenize ranks Amsterdam world #1 city in cycling. .
- the European Cycling Federation
- Succes story about cycling in Sevilla (Spain): how cycling got popular in a town without cycling history.
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