Hitchhiking Amsterdam-style: hail a lift with a local cyclist

The new Yellow Backie scheme encourages locals to offer tourists a ride on their bike racks – and show them the city beyond the cliches

Tourists don’t have the best reputation when it comes to cycling around Amsterdam. The stereotype is a 10-rider convoy, probably stoned, stopping in the middle of a busy junction to check their city map en route to the Sex Museum. In a city populated with lifelong cyclists, it’s common to hear grumbling about visitors wobbling absent-mindedly on already congested cycle lanes.

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