Transportation is a big part of life, many people do not own their own vehicles so they must rely on other modes of transportation. Bike riding is a great way to get around but some places are not bike friendly at all so these are the top 8 places around the world to own a bike. We are going to start at number 8 so that you can work your way up to the number 1 city.
Only 13% of residents in this city own their own vehicles so pretty much everyone rides their bikes. Once a week, the city closes down 70 miles of roadway to vehicular traffic so bikers can cycle the streets safely.
Beijing has a population of 22 million, so many people avoid the terrible traffic by riding bikes. The city provides specific lanes and traffic lights designated exclusively for cyclists.
Over 15% of all street traffic in this city is from bikes. The terrain in Berlin is mostly flat and public transportation allows room for bicycles. Plus the city just spent $2.5 million to expand their bike-only lanes.
The city built bicycle lifts so you don’t have to peddle up hills. Click here to see the link to the video about the lifts. It is amazing!
Barcelona has a bike sharing program called “Bicing“. Bicing is not available for tourist use but there are many bike rental companies to look at. One company will drop off a bike at your hotel and you can use it for as long as you are in Barcelona and it only costs 10 euros a day. The city also provides bike-only lanes and has a path that runs the perimeter of the city.
This city provides left-hand turn lanes, exclusive to bikers and given Switzerland’s extensive railway system, many cities allow you to rent a bike at one train station and drop it off in another!
Sometimes called “The City of Bikes” Copenhagen has over 544,000 residents that consider biking their main method of transportation. You can rent a bike on your visit for free! There are independent signal systems just for cyclists and some neighborhoods have gone as far as to completely ban automobiles from their streets.
Amsterdam is known as the bicycling capital of the world. With 50% of all transportation done by bike, Amsterdam boasts more bicycles than cars. The city’s main parking garage, is a three level structure that holds 10,000 bicycles. Given that cyclists have greater road space and more rights than cars, automobile traffic congestion in the streets is all but obsolete. In fact, Amsterdam even has a National Bicycle Day that, coincidentally, falls on the same day as their National Windmill Day. So if you happen to visit Amsterdam during the second Saturday in May, you are encouraged to visit all of their windmills…by bicycle.
- Copenhagen plans bike superhighways (grist.org)
- Bicing Bike Sharing System Hits The Streets Of Buenos Aires Tomorrow (treehugger.com)
- The Complexities of a Biking Transition and the New York City Backlash (thecityfix.com)