Thanks to the flatness of the country, cycling is the way to get around town. A reliable bicycle is essential in Wageningen. A new bicycle, either new or second hand, is certainly no luxury.
The municipality of Wageningen, in close cooperation with Wageningen University, has recently launched a website Cycling in Wageningen, where you will find all the information you need. For example where you can buy a bike, how to fix your bicycle, traffic rules and bicycle tours in Wageningen.
- Small bikes are rare; ask a shopkeeper for assistance if you need a small bike.
- You can rent a bike (also nice for your visitors from abroad), for € 0,75 per day at the international Student Association IxESN in the centre of the city Wageningen.
- When buying a bike, always check that the lights work, and whether the brakes and tires are in good order. You are legally required to have lights on your bike at night, and you can get fined if you don't have them.
- When buying a bicycle, also buy a good lock. Beware of thieves! Never leave your bicycle unlocked on the street, not even for a few minutes. A non-attractive bicycle or a bicycle with unique paintings or features, has less chance of being stolen.
- If you have never ridden a bicycle before, ask a friend to help you practice, or follow lessons.
- During the Annual Introduction Days we organise bicycle workshops for new students; with lessons in cycling and lessons in repairing bicycles.
- In the Forum building you can find bicycle repair sets in the basement.
- Every Tuesday between 18.00 - 20.00 hrs. students from the Student Bike Workshop Wageningen, help to repair your bicycle in the basement at Forum building, for free. Sometimes you need to pay for new bicycle parts, if necessary. This means that whenever you have a problem with your bike, you can come to them for advice and help with the repairs. SBWW's workshop is equipped to handle most repairs on your bike, and our volunteers are experienced bike enthusiast, happy to help you. Check the Facebook page for latest news. SBWW is starting to sell bicycles also.
- In The Netherlands we have cycle routes with numbers, the "knooppunt routes" where you can bike from number to number (see photo). You can organize your own cycle route on fiets erop uit.