It is my hope to rent bicycles near the train station for myself and my 13 yo son for use during our upcoming visit to Utrecht. Does bike rental generally come with helmet and lock, or should I plan to bring those items with me?
Also, about bike helmets ... I looked at Google images for "people riding bikes in Netherlands" and ... not seeing folks wearing helmets. So, is it acceptable not to wear a helmet?
I am hoping we will ride to Castle DeHaar and maybe Kasteel Beverweerd or Kasteel van Woerden. Are there any parts of Utrecht we should avoid for either crime or heavy traffic reasons? Would hate to be the the clueless tourist that bicycled into The Netherland's version of Compton.