How many people fall in Amsterdam canals?
Over the past three years, at least 51 people have drowned in Amsterdam’s historic canals, according to a Telegraaf report. The paper says just one death was the result of a crime.
Are there more bikes than cars in Amsterdam?
With a population of just under 17 million, the Netherlands has more bikes than people. It now seems the government may have to create a solution for bike congestion, just as bikes were introduced to reduce car traffic.
Is it OK to swim in a canal?
Many canals are not suitable for swimming due to water quality issues and generally swimming is not formally permitted. Note that many larger navigable rivers may look like canals in places, but are managed rivers with weirs, locks and parallel ‘cuts’ to shortcut meaders, called river ‘navigations’.
Is it legal to swim in the canals in Amsterdam?
Swimming in Amsterdam’s canals is not permitted as water quality is not clean enough and also because the canals are classified as boating ways (vaarwegen) and swimmers are not easily seen from boats. There are however, plenty of open water areas at which swimming is permitted.
Do the Amsterdam canals freeze?
It doesn’t happen very often – in the past decade, the Amsterdam canals have frozen only three times, in 2012, 2018 and 2021 – so when it does, locals and visitors alike venture out onto the ice in full force to experience something truly unique: walking or ice-skating on the frozen canals of Amsterdam!