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Instamonth: March’ top 10 Instagram pictures

Check out Amsterdam Cycle Chic’s top 10 Instagram pics of March.

1. Spring weather expected

TGIF enjoy your weekend all! Spring weather expected on sunday! in #amsterdam #amstel #cyclechic #tgif #spring #nofilter

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2. Chit Chat

3. Amsterdam style: cycling home after an holiday

4. Mum and daughter on a Dutch bike

Mum and daughter on a Dutch bike. Suddenly it is cold again! #familycycling #bikeams #childseat #cycling #amsterdam #cyclingtogether

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5. Is that Jennifer?

6. Cycle to the music

7. Faster than the rain

Faster than the #rain in #kerkstraat #vlaamsebroodhuis #backpack #greenbike #amsterdam #cyclechic #nofilter

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8. Hotel Bike Only: Count-the-bicycles-game

9. Free Bike Parking at ‘De Hallen’

10. Waiting on the ‘Magere Burg’ for a boat to pass

Waiting on the #magerebrug for a boat to pass on the #amstel #amsterdam #fjallraven #wind #storm #cyclechic #nofilter

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Instamonth
Are you already following us on Instagram? You should, if you want to learn more about Amsterdam’s cycling culture and enjoy the diversity of cyclists and bikes in Amsterdam’s streets. Every month we will post the most liked Instagram shots here on our blog.


Do you stop at *all* red lights?

The other day I was riding down Vijzelstraat towards the city centre. As I was approaching the Prinsengracht (a one-way and precisely here), I slowed down, looked for on-coming cars and bikes from the left and right… and kept riding.

Yes, I knowingly rode through a red light. In Amsterdam. The capital of red-light-running. I know, that doesn’t make it ok.

A police car followed me, pulled me over, and proceeded to lecture me about how it’s unsafe, especially “because a police car was parked at the intersection.”

And then he actually asked me if he could give me a fine of €97. I had already argued my side by saying I felt safe, so I didn’t argue further. But could I have said no? I wonder.

So watch out Amsterdammers. They’re out to get ya!

Do you stop at all red lights?


Dutch cliché

dutch cliche by aude

by Aude

The title says it all, and for the ones that are too Dutch to get it: WOODEN SHOES! And wood on the bike luggage rack..looks like Dutch countryside in the middle of the city!


Bundle up!

It’s cold out there! But the cold doesn’t stop Amsterdammers from getting on their bikes. Or looking chic.
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Winter wonder blur

I caught these Amsterdammers going though the Rijksmuseum bike path, enjoying today’s sunny chill and riding fast through the tunnel. So many people out and about on their bikes today. Babies, bakfiets, lovers, and friends — I love that no matter the weather, we keep on peddling.  
Winter wonder blur
Winter wonder blur
Winter wonder blur
Winter wonder blur


Looking dashing through the snow..

Well, unfortunately we won’t be getting snow for Christmas this year but we will be dashing around town collecting our ‘Kerstboom’ (Christmas Tree), Christmas dinner ingredients and Turkeys! Nothing is too much for the locals here balancing their festive decorations and babies in perfect harmony.

We at Amsterdam Cycle Chic want to wish all our fabulous readers a wonderful Christmas and look forward to sharing more Amsterdam cyclists with you in 2015!

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By Aude and Meredith + wishes from all the Cycle Chic-ers!


Winter cool.

Baby it’s cold outside, so get out your wools, hats, big jackets and get (back) on that bike.

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By Mel


Commuting by ferry in Amsterdam

My morning commute, waiting for the ferry #amsterdam #bikeams #roetz #ij #cycling #cyclechic #azartplein #amsterdamnoord #ilovenoordWaiting for the ferry at azartplein #amsterdamnoord @vanmoof #cyclechic #commute #dutchdesign
Since a month I work in Amsterdam-Noord, the neighbourhood at the other side of the IJ river. To get there by bike you either have to go all the way to the East side and cross two big bridges, or you take a ferry. Since March there is a new ferry at Java-eiland (the ‘Oostveer’ at Azartplein). I love it. You don’t have to cross the busy city centre and you have a great view over the water. It is actually quite relaxing after a day of hard work or after baby rush hour in the morning.

This is what it looks like when the ferry arrives:

Cyclists checking their phone while waiting for the ferry #ilovenoord #amsterdamnoord #cycling #smartphone #cyclechic #bikeams #modernlife
Dog waiting for the ferry #amsterdamnoord #amsterdam #ilovenoord #dog #cyclechic #ferry #oostveer
Taking a suitcase in a child seat crossing the IJ by ferry #amsterdamnoord #amsterdam #dutchbike #urbantransport #oostveer #ilovenoord #cyclechic #ij #ferry

  • Curious what it is to take one of the other ferries? Read the post by Else: Living in Amsterdam Noord
  • Want to try the ‘Oostveer’? Check out the ferry timetable, it goes only three times per hour
  • Want to learn more about Amsterdam Noord? Visit the great website I Love Noord

by Joni


Sing along in style

This dad and son duo–with their matching bomber jackers–were singing one of the Dutch Sinterklaas songs while they ride down the street. Such a sweet moment to watch the two.

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Cyclist of the Month..Alexander, Owner of A.P Bloem florist

Alexander is a true Amsterdammer. He owns a beautiful flower shop in the speigelquartier in the centre of the city. His customers cycle up to his store on the Prinsengracht canal and cycle away with handfuls of gorgeous flowers neatly tucked away in their arms, bike crates or panniers. He lives and breaths flowers – he even lives on a street called the Bloemgracht! (flower canal). You may have seen Alexander or his staff zipping through Amsterdam on their bikes delivering daily flowers to locals in the sunshine, rain or even snow.

Alexander

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Why did you become a florist?
The story all started in the area of Nieuwendammerdijk, in Amsterdams North where I grew up. This area provided my inspiration as a small child where I played in the forest behind my family home, building huts and creating my own garden. I used to make floral necklaces for my grandmother in my little secret hideaway. Floristry came naturally as I love working with my hands and creating special and unique things and getting to know all different kinds people. I love it.

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Where are your favourite places to ride?
In the Summertime I love riding my racebike to the fishing village of Marken. This 45km cycle route is the best way to spend a summer day and it is also a popular route amongst locals and tourists. You can take a quick ferry ride from Amsterdam, cycle along the picturesque dyke houses all the way through Durgedam. Its a beautiful cycle route. In Spring and Fall I love cycling through forests such as Amsterdamse Bos or Hoge Veluwe which is outside of Amsterdam. I even take my bike to other cities such as Brussels when I have weekends away. It’s the only way to travel.

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What bike do you own?
I have an original Gazelle that my Grandfather used to own, a racebike, an opa fiets (Grandpa bike) which has a big wooden crate to make my flower deliveries with – and I recently received a beautiful hybrid bike for my birthday which is half race-bike, half mountain bike. Each one has it’s own purpose.

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A.P Bloem
A.P Bloem services Amsterdam and across the Netherlands with their arrangements and displays for local homes, birthdays, weddings and special events. Their signature style draws inspiration from the Golden Age and wild fields in the true essence of nature. “We genuinely love what we do and we wish for people to share and experience the beauty of the special things we source and create” says Alexander. You can keep up to date with their flowery adventures here.

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