A ‘fietsenrek’ is a bicycle rack. Although the ‘fietsenrek’ is often regarded by Dutch cyclists as optional, the City of Amsterdam has started to enforce correct parking of bicycles in busy places. This is due to the excessive growth of the number of bicycles, e.g. on Leidseplein (where you have to park in the ‘fietsenrek’ or specially marked ‘vakken’ (sections)).
Even though Amsterdammers are pretty practical when it comes to parking one’s bicycle (general rule: don’t hinder anybody, otherwise expect some abuse of your bicycle), some have started to introduce their own ‘neighbourhood rules’. The photo was taken in the Jordaan and the sign reads as if spoken by a true original ‘Jordanees’; the word ‘eigen’ is used incorrectly and ‘u eigen’ should be ‘uzelf’.
Photo taken on Palmstraat – Amsterdam
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