There's a clear pecking order here that took me a while to figure out. It goes like this:
- Trams. They bite. They actually stop for pedestrians in marked crosswalks, but only if they have time and are on schedule. Otherwise, they are hurtling masses of steel.
- Busses: There's not a lot of them, thank goodness. They stop for no one. They are wider than the trams and push bikes and cars out of the way.
- The Dutch on scooters. Scooters are strangely allowed to use all the bike lanes, plus the roads if they feel like it.
- The Dutch on bicycles. More on this in a moment.
- The Dutch on foot. They storm along warily watching for oncoming trams, busses, and bikes, in that order. They do not change pace or path for anyone. Cars are something to be walked around, whether moving or stationary.
- Tourists on bicycles. Always on well marked rental bikes, so they're easy to spot. Ride on the defensive, which they are, because even the Dutch pedestrians will walk right through them.
- Tourists on foot. Almost the lowest of the low. Moving targets for the Dutch on their bikes.
- The Dutch in their cars. They give the Dutch on bikes a wide berth. And they almost always stop for pedestrians.
|Bikes occupying the sidewalk while the bike lane is clear|
|The clear pedestrian path|
|Bicycles owning the road|