Cycling is one of the easiest ways to fit exercise into your daily routine because it’s also a form of transport. It helps you save money, and is environment-friendly. And because there are so many benefits attached to it, it is often being said that there is no better way to explore a place than by bike.
And hence, based on the Copenhagenize Index 2015, we have mapped the 10 most bike-friendly cities routes on the planet.
Copenhagen listed out as the number one city that has a uniform network of urban design for bicycles. The Danish capital is impressively investing in cycling as transport and making efforts to push it to the next level.
Amsterdam, like most Dutch cities, suffered from its insistence on maintaining a status quo rather than trying to improve, think modern, and taking things to the next level. One of the world’s benchmark cities for cycling, Amsterdam took some important decisions for promoting cycling as a means of transport.
The index gave the Dutch city a third place, with adding that ‘the city seems content with that.’ However, talking about the city’s development plan is in the right direction for progress, but it falls short of legendary and is content with being sensible. The city has the world’s largest bike parking facility, with space for 12,500 bikes.
Strasbourg has long been the premier cycling city in France. What Strasbourg has achieved is the result of a generation of planners who insisted on cycling as transport. Cycling in Strasbourg is a pleasant affair and, as it should be, the quickest way from A to B. There are 333 miles of cycle routes in the city and surrounding metro area, and the city has a unique bike-share system.
Cycling in Eindhoven is steady and strong. The Floating Roundabout captured our imagination, and we are looking forward to seeing what else the city can produce that is functional and iconic. Eindhoven’s upward swing in this version of the index is due to the lack of innovation by the cities above it, rather that its own efforts. The classic Dutch status quo is firmly in place in the city.
Sweden’s third-largest city has been wise to look west to Copenhagen for inspiration. The main city in Sweden’s most bicycle-friendly region—Skåne—Malmö has been insistent on re-establishing the bicycle on the urban landscape. Since 2013 there has been continued focus on investment. Many of the city’s projects over the past few years remain impressive when measured against global competition.
Nantes has embarked on an impressive journey. It rocketed onto the index in 2013 thanks to clear political will and investment in infrastructure and facilities. It’s maintaining that, although it drops one place on the 2015 index. The city has not just invested in infrastructure but services and a clear collaboration with local associations.
What Bordeaux has achieved in the past few years is remarkable. But in comparison to where it was last time, it seems the city have geared down a bit. Bordeaux continues to take bicycle transport seriously. Its investment in several tram lines has helped boost cycling by providing a traffic calming effect. The VCub bike-share system rolls on, and Bordeaux is still focused on marketing cycling to the mainstream as opposed to the subcultures through effective advocacy.
Despite sliping two places in 2015, Antwerp still has a firm grip on the most bike friendly cities in the world. Clear influences from across the border, the Netherlands have given the city an impressive modal share for bicycles, and the bicycle as transport is embraced by all ages and wages. There are ample parking facilities around the city, and the train station parking remains one of the best in Europe. The citizens have excellent opportunities to use bike-share systems.
For a few years, Seville was the poster child of the cycling world, showing it was possible to slap bicycles back onto the urban landscape in a short amount of time. As legend would have it, the city went from 0.2 percent modal share for bikes to 7 percent in just a few years. It was made possible by bold political will, investment in a broad network of bicycle infrastructure, and a comprehensive bike-share system. The foundation that was laid is still in place, but Seville slips to a respectable 10th place from a lofty fourth.