Bike history

Bike history

From its inception in the 19th century, the bicycle has been popular in the Netherlands and the Amsterdam region. The Amsterdam Expansion Plan of 1935 designs the city to the size of the bicycle. With new housing developments no further than 30 minutes travelling by bike. But around 1960, the bicycle was seriously hampered by the growth of car traffic. Thanks to a unique combination of activism and municipal policy, the bicycle made an impressive comeback from the 1970s onwards. Thanks to the bicycle, the city has become safe, accessible, and liveable again.

On this page you will find our experience with the history of cycling policy. Stories about how Amsterdam became a cycling city again and how the streets, the city and the region have changed. We would love to hear about your experiences. Share them with our community!

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