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Cycling in Rotterdam: Tom Edwards
Cycling in Rotterdam: Tom Edwards
 

Rotterdam (www.rotterdam.info) is a city of contrasts; from the utilitarian harbour to the hip and trendy nightlife - there is plenty to offer every taste. Architecturally, the city has a dynamic skyline, boasting cutting edge skyscrapers, and culturally there are a number of fine museums such as the Chabot, Boijmans Van Beuningen and Kunstha, which between them showcase a range of local and international art as well as varied exhibitions.

From a cycling point of view, the city offers a great deal, with its typically Dutch approach to two wheeled transport. The city has an extensive network of cycle paths (an integral part of post war town planning) that extend beyond the metropolitan area, and services such as cycle hire and tours are easy to access.

Rotterdam’s main tourism site (www.rotterdam.info) offers some good general information on the city, but lacks a dedicated cycling area. More informative in this respect is City Guide Rotterdam (www.cityguiderotterdam.com) that offers a detailed page including tips and links on cycle hire, tours and routes. The Rotterdam page on www.holland-cycling.com is perhaps the best resource, with links to routes, cycle hire and tours.

Cycle hire outlets include Rijwielshop Rotterdam (www.czwaan.nl) offering bike rental from the central train station from around 7.50 euro a day, Cityrent Rotterdam (www.cityrent.nl) also near the station and hiring a range of bikes to include tandems and e-bikes, and Kuijper Tweewielers (www.gebruikte-fietsen.eu) who offer a delivery service.

Some good themed route suggestions for Rotterdam can be found on the “cities” pages of www.holland.com although these are descriptive and lack maps. For more detailed suggestions and maps Fietsen in Regio Rotterdam (www.fietseninregiorotterdam.nl) has a number of varied routes, including themed options, and you can plan your own routes using the route planner – in Dutch only.

Cycle tour operators include Urban Guides (www.urbanguides.nl) with a range of themed tours covering the industrial heritage, architecture and culture of the city, and RO Tours (www.rotours.nl) offering three key tours: Big City, City Centre and Architecture.

Accommodation is varied, with some hotels and hostels offering in house bike hire. Suggestions include Hostel Rotterdam (www.stayokay.com) with a bike hire service, Hostel Ani and Haakien (www.anihaakien.nl) offering a city location and bike hire, and Alberti B&B (www.alberti-bb.nl) which provides guests with the use of a bike!