Biking in Groningen
Although there are many different ways of transport in Groningen, biking is by far the favourite of many people. Biking is often the quickest, easiest and cheapest option of transport 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 bike from the Gemeente Groningen, you can go to the parking facility at the Oude Boteringestraat. These bikes are second hand bikes, that haven’t been retrieved from the AFAC bike depot. Prices start at €65,-. All the bikes have lights and a lock and they are in a good shape. Most important, the bikes you can buy here are definitely not stolen. Good to know: you can only pay with a debitcard.
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. If you want to get more information about how to bike in Groningen, have a look at the guide from Velotropolis and at the website from 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.