Gritting in Amsterdam

The Winter Maintenance Department at the Department of Infrastructure, Traffic and Transport will grit the most frequently used roads in Amsterdam, except for in the Districts of Noord and Zuidoost (these two districts arrange gritting themselves). View the Winter Maintenance Department gritting route map.

The various city districts are responsible for gritting local roads and the most crucial bicycle paths.

Preventing problems

The municipality is not responsible for gritting pavements, footpaths or by-roads due to the high cost and additional environmental impact the road salt would have. Residents and business owners are asked to clear the area in front of their house or business. The general rule for other areas, such as car parks, is that the owner or management is responsible for keeping the amenity in a usable state.

City Districts provides residents, schools and other institutions with free road salt - contact your local district office to find out where you can collect it. Businesses will need to purchase their supplies at a private supplier such as a garden centre.

Tips for icy times

  • Minimise the risks for yourself and neighbours. You can make a significant difference simply with a shovel, broom, sand or kitchen salt.

  • Due to the extreme winters that have hit Amsterdam in the previous couple of years, DIY stores and builder’s merchants should have a fine collection of tools in stock suitable for snow and ice clearing.

  • Distribute salt as soon as possible for the best results.

  • Use road salt responsibly and sparingly. It damages the environment and can harm vegetation.

  • Adjust your speed accordingly and take extra care if driving or cycling in icy conditions.

  • Fit snow tyres onto your car.

  • Warn others about icy roads via Twitter using #gladheidsmelder and check the ANWB Ice Monitor (Dutch).

  • Email tips about icy conditions to the Department of Infrastructure, Traffic and Transport.