Fiets vs. rijwiel

I noticed that two words for “bicycle” are used on the signs in the streets of the Netherlands. One is fiets and the other is rijwiel:

U kunt uw (brom)fiets stallen aan de overkant of rechts om de hoek. (Brom)fietsen worden verwijderd.

U kunt uw (brom)fiets stallen aan de overkant of rechts om de hoek.
(Brom)fietsen worden verwijderd.

Geen rijwielen plaatsen - No placing for bicycles

Geen rijwielen plaatsen – No placing for bicycles

I wonder what the difference is. There’s a Wikipedia article about “fiets”. If I look for “rijwiel”, I get redirected to the same article about “fiets”. My knowledge is not enough to get through the article, but according to what I could get the word “rijwiel” should no longer be in use.

I should get back to this article later, maybe after I am done with
Di3m.

Adding a few words from the article to my vocabulary:

de wetgeving – legislation
kennen, kende, gekend – to know, to be acquainted with
de hulp – help, assistance
terwijl – while, whereas
nooit – never, certainly not
behalve – except, besides, in addition to
dan – then, than

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Op een servet: “Wij bewaken de kwaliteit van onze producten”.

A note on a napkin at a railway station fast-food.
Op een servet: “Wij bewaken de kwaliteit van onze producten”.
On a napkin: “We monitor the quality of our products”.


het servet – napkin
bewaken – to watch, to guard, watch
de kwaliteit – quality
het product – product

Alles voor slimmer bouwen – Everything for a smarter building

Alles voor slimmer bouwen – Everything for a smarter building


slim – clever, smart
(de) bouw – building, construction
bouwen – to build, to construct


And again I am not sure if “bouwen” works as a plural noun or as a verb here :\

I took some pictures of the street and road signs during my recent trip to the Netherlands. I am going to publish them here. My plan is to try to translate each sign as literally as possible.

The pictures are not of a great quality as I was taking them with my mobile phone and mostly on the run.