Amsterdam is a unique place and there is no doubt about it. The atmosphere is really special, the water canals with elegant bridges, the nice house-boats, the beautiful cycle girls and the really stoned tourists make this place one of a kind.
Amsterdam is home to the highest number of nationalities out of any city in the world, it is is a paradise for art and weed lovers and it has endless bicycle lanes. But are they good for our e-boards? Let’s find out.
I spent three days there and I was going everywhere with my e-board ( on average I rode 25-30 km per day ). I can’t say that it is perfect to commute there with it, but for sure the e-board is good enough. I was lucky to have good weather while I was there and I tried numerous streets the three main parks.
Riding in the city parks
Vondelpark is a fairly big beautiful park touching the city center of Amsterdam. After circling around on the typical streets and bridges through the endless temptations which the city center offers, it will make your experience complete if you visit Vondelpark and relax on the green lawns next to the little lakes. The park is good for riding, a bit crowded and not with the best asphalt but there are nice spots.
Rembrandtpark has nice little bridges and parts with smooth asphalt for some carving. It is not as crowded as Vondelpark and I had a really nice ride there.
Westerpark is a long park not very far from Centraal station. It has a long straight road where you can test your maximum speed.
In conclusion, the three biggest parks are good for riding, some parts the asphalt is not as smooth but on most of it, you can have a good ride.
Riding on the city streets
Keep in mind that everywhere there are many many people riding bikes and when speeding up you should really look far upfront and keep an eye on the everchanging traffic flow.
Good streets to ride on the bike lanes:
Spistraat, Vijzelgracht and Vijzelstraat, Marnixstraat, Kinkerstraat, Postjesweg, Ten Katestraat, Overtoom. The streets Nassaukade and Standhouderskade which makes a big semi-circle around the city center are also good for riding in most of its parts ( there is bikes traffic but you will get fast enough where you want to go )
Update from August 2019 – it is forbidden at the moment and riding on the streets of Amsterdam can cause a fine and the e-board to be confiscated.
The local community is doing their best to legalize the electric skateboarding.
There is a big community of e-riders in the Netherlands who usually ride together at some spots outside the cities. They also gather to test their e-boards and make competitions at carting tracks and indoor spaces.
Sleep : Airbnb prices – Depending on the season, the shared rooms start from around 40-50 euros a night, private rooms 80-90 euros, entire place, if there are any available starting from 150 euros
Hostels are a bit overpriced but good for socializing.
Eat : Breakfast in a street restaurant around 8 euros ( bread avocado and eggs ). Sushi around 15-20 euros. Food to eat one-two times from the supermarket Albert & Hein around 8 euros ( bread, salad, hummus ) Price of fruits in the supermarket like most europian countries. Bread – good bread not expensive, almost as good as in Germany, but for sure much better than in France.
Transport : single tram ticket 3,20 euros. Train from airport to centrum one-way 5.50 € ( prices info from 2019 )
Some interesting facts about Amsterdam:
The whole of Amsterdam is entirely built on water and is sinking.
Amsterdam is one of the top 25 safest cities in the world.
In Amsterdam, there are over 200 coffee shops where you can buy marihuana and more.
Amsterdam is the most bicycle-friendly city in the world.
There are more bicycles than inhabitants and many bikes end up in the canals every year, so be careful with your e-board : )
riding on the bike lanes :
riding in the parks :
weather through the year :