road safety

The Dutch government has set up rules for all users of the road (including bikes) to ensure everybody’s safety. You can find a complete overview of the rules here (in dutch), and make sure to follow these general guidelines:

  • Always give way to traffic coming from your right hand side if there are no traffic lights or shark’s teeth
  • Always make sure you have working lights
  • Cycling is prohibited in pedestrianized streets (the inner city) from 09.00 until 18.30 (Thursdays until 21.00)
  • Always park your bike in a bicycle rack
  • Always make sure that your bike’s tires have enough air in them

Failing to comply to these rules might result in a fine, or your bike being relocated by the municipality. Read more information on the website of the Royal Dutch tourist union (ANWB) or

The International Student Network, or ISN, offers bike workshops twice a year. To find out when and where the workshops take place follow ISN Maastricht on Facebook or check out their website.

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