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OV-Fiets for Cycle and Scooter Rental

Has anyone tried the OV-Fiets city-bike system that exists across the Netherlands? It seems like a pretty good deal (check out a bike for 3.50EUR per day, with the option to rent electric mopeds/scooters as well) but seems targeted at locals. I can't spot any residency requirements... but I'd love to hear that someone has had success signing up for it and using it. There are references to needing a smart card but it is ambiguous as to whether this is a card you receive on sign up or a required possession of a chip-and-pin credit/debit card (which I don't have).

Translated official page: http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=nl&u=http://www.ov-fiets.nl/ovfiets/ontdekovfiets/ontdekovfiets/ov-fiets-in-het-kort

Video of the checkout process on this page: http://www.aviewfromthecyclepath.com/2011/06/massive-number-of-train-passengers-take.html

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Thanks Wonderful, don't know why I hadn't spotted the English version. The AmsterdamTips pages specifies the OV fietspas can be bought by "non-residents with a Dutch bank account", so it looks like it is locals only unless anyone has experience to the contrary.

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That's probably why Rick's book lists three other bike rental companies in Amsterdam, instead. Private rentals should be findable in other cities, too, either through the Tourist Office, or online, or with the advice of your hotel/hostel.

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Just to confirm this for anyone looking in the future: I asked at counter where anonymous OV-chip cards are issued, and they confirmed that the only way to get access to the OV-fiets is via a non-anonymous OV-chip card which is only issued online (and which requires linking to a Dutch bank account). This is a shame because many of the more remote train stations have no access to bike rentals, but do have OV-fiets lockers (Hoek van Holland Haven, I'm looking at you). The only way to cycle from these stations without OV-fiets access is to buy the supplement which allows you to bring a rented bike on board, something I didn't try but which might work for others.