As soon as you arrive in Maastricht you realize how important it is to have a bike. If you google a little bit, you can find some interesting information concerning bicycles in The Netherlands. For example, you will read that there are more bikes than inhabitants, and that nearly 85 percent of the population owns at least one bicycle. You will also find out that people use it regularly, often daily, and that there are about 16 million bicycles in the country, slightly more than one for every inhabitant.
Considering this and the fact that I don´t like to walk I decided to get one. As you may have imagined, the picture above corresponds to my bike. But don´t think that getting it was an easy task; it takes some time and research to find one (unless you don´t care about paying a higher price, which is unlikely considering the fact that as students we have to deal with tight budgets). I would recommend to take some time, ask everyone you know about it and use social media such as facebook (there are groups for bike selling/buying) before you make any decision. It is always better to wait one or two weeks more, than finding out afterwards that you payed a higher price or that you could have bought a nicer one!
I have already been around with my bike a lot; for instance, it only takes you 10 minutes to be sitting next to the river enjoying a beer with friends.
Besides this, Maastricht is a city where everything is reachable by bike and cars really respect cyclists. However, don´t try to ride your bike in the wrong way; police is very strict in this sense, believe me….