Biking in Groningen
Although there are many different ways of getting around in Groningen, biking is by far the preferred method of most locals. Biking is often the quickest, easiest and cheapest transportation option in Groningen.
Where to get a bike
Getting a bike in Groningen is very easy, but it is important to know where you can get one. When buying a bike, you need to make sure that the bike was not stolen. You can also rent a bike for a monthly fee at Swapfiets.
If you are interested in buying a used bike from the Gemeente Groningen, you can go to one of two locations: Stallingen WerkProton at Protonstraat 6, or Refide Bikes at Blauwborgje 12. These bikes are second hand bikes, that haven’t been retrieved from the AFAC bike depot. Prices start at €65, and all the bikes have working lights, a lock and have been inspected to ensure they are road worth. Most importantly, the bikes you can buy here are definitely not stolen. Please note: you can only pay with a debit card at these locations.
How to bike in Groningen
When you want to bike in Groningen, it is important that you are familiar with the traffic rules. Have a look at the article GroningenLife! wrote about bike safety.
Through City Central, you can also sign up for a Rules of the Road workshop for basic cycling traffic and sign rules. If you need to learn how to bike in the first place, you can contact City Central to find a FietsFriend volunteer who can help you with one-on-one lessons.
For more information about biking in Groningen, have a look at the guide from Velotropolis and the website of Groningen Fietsstad.
Biking dictionary and important notes
For more information on cycling in the Netherlands, have a look at the overview on the I Am Expat website. Not only does it offer a very useful list of important notes, it also has a list of biking terms in English and Dutch. The vocabulary list can help you when you want to buy a bike, rent a bike or if you need to get your bike repaired.
Bikes that are towed away are taken to the AFAC Bike Depot on the Travertijnstraat in Groningen. You can pay 25 euros (by PIN card) there to collect your bike, and if it is not retrieved within 4 weeks, the bike depot will consider it unclaimed and resell it as a second hand bike.
If you’re not sure if your bike was towed or stolen, you can search the Lost and Found section on the Gemeente Groningen website.
Most bike shops in Groningen also do repairs, so have a look at one of the bike shops in your neighbourhood. Many bike shops also offer replacement bikes for the time it takes to repair your bike.
There are many different places where you could rent a bike for a day in Groningen. If you own an OV card, you can rent an OV bike at the station. Have a look at this overview of bike rental places to discover which of them is closest to you.