It’s a staggering statistic but it’s true: there are more bicycles in Amsterdam than there are people. There are more than 881,000 bikes to a population of
about 750,000, so it will be no surprise to learn that 35 per cent of all journeys in the city are made by bike. Of course, for a capital, Amsterdam is not a huge city, but it is a complex one. Its maze-like canal system, which dates back to the 17th century, makes it a difficult city to drive through, but an incredible one to cycle around. With 250 miles of cycling paths — and plans to extend the number of bike parking spaces to 38,000 by 2020 — it’s a city where bike culture is not only adored, but invested in.