Switching out the car in favour of a bike is the best option for commuting in cities. You can avoid congestion, find cheaper parking options and improve your health overall.
Government investment in bicycle infrastructure seems to be the way to go, particularly as more and more people ‘go green’. Studies from Denmark tell us that for every kilometer cycled, society enjoys a net profit of 23 cents, whereas for every kilometer driven by car we suffer a net loss of 16 cents.
To be considered a savvy city for bikers, they need serious advocacy, bike facilities, social acceptance, and a general perception that cycling is safe. This was the criteria used by Copenhagenize Index to classify the best cities for cyclists.
The Netherlands dominates the top 5, taking out 3 of the top positions.
- Copenhagen, Denmark
The city’s government remains committed to investing in cycling and pushing it to become the number one mode of transport in Copenhagen. A bicycle bridge over a motorway north of the city has been a step forward in building infrastructure. The city’s modal share, the percentage of travellers using a bicycle as their primary form of transportation leaped 10% in one year.
- Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam remains a benchmark of what it means to be a bike-friendly city. 60% of trips are made by bike in the inner city and 40% of trips are made by bike overall in the greater city area. All around are bike paths and bike racks, and several guarded bicycle parking station.
- Utrecht, Netherlands
Utretch offers a car-free centre and provides designated bike tracks to travel to surrounding neighbourhoods by bike. Utrecht is nicely compact and, in no time, you’ll find the most beautiful urban parks or find yourself in the middle of the woods.
- Strasbourg, France
Cycling in Strasbourg is a pleasant affair and ends up being the quickest way to travel across the city. There are over 500 kilometers of cycle routes in the city and surrounding metro area. The city also offers a unique bike-share system called Vélhop. The system lets you collect a bike from docking stations with a long-term rental.
- Eindhoven, Netherlands
The most iconic piece of bicycle infrastructure in Eindhoven is their Floating Roundabout. The Roundabout is a suspension bridge, held up by 24 cables. It floats over a large new junction for motorised traffic, ensuring the safety of the cyclist.