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5 of the world's most cycle-friendly cities

25 February 2020 08:41

Explore Copenhagen and other cycling cities

Explore Copenhagen and other cycling cities

Pack your repair kit and your pedal pushers. The world's most cycle-friendly cities await...

Copenhagen, Denmark

Commuting in Copenhagen looks very different to most of the world, as 62% of inhabitants take to two wheels for their trips to work and school. To put it another way, Copenhageners cycle 894,000 miles every day. The distances are made possible thanks to innovations like the city's Cycle Super Highway. The route is lined with air pumps, safe junctions and traffic lights timed to minimise stopping.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

With almost 25% of land in the Netherlands at or below sea level, it's no surprise the Dutch are big pedal pushers. The capital announced an ambitious plan for 2022 to improve bicycle parking and infrastructure, in what's already a world leading cycling city. It's believed there are more bikes here than residents! Both figures hover around the 800,000 mark.

Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp has taken huge strides to becoming a world cycle hotspot. Speed limits have been lowered, forcing drivers to travel at 30kph, or 18mph, on 95% of all streets and the share of journeys made by bike increased from 29% to 33% between 2014 to 2018. One week's access to "Velo", the city's shared cycle scheme costs a very affordable €10, but be warned, after the free first half-hour, fares rise sharply.

Strasbourg, France

Around 8% of Strasbourg locals regularly cycle, but the city plans to double that by 2025. France's premier biking destination lies close to the border of Germany and unlike other entries on our list, close to mountains. The Vosges are no reason to be put off from pedalling, as they make the perfect backdrop to a ride through an extremely pretty city.

Oslo, Norway

Oslo removed over 1,000 car parking spots between 2017 and 2018 to ensure cyclists get a better deal. Even more drastically, the city banned cars from part of the centre in an effort to improve air quality and the riding experience. Red bicycle lanes have popped up all over the Norwegian capital and show no signs of slowing.

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