Exploring beautiful cities while riding a bicycle can be a wonderful experience. Cycling not only helps with fitness, but it has been officially declared that it makes people happier. Want to keep mental illness away? Riding your bicycle every other day could help you prevent it. If people choose to commute using a bicycle more often, they will be protecting themselves from many other serious diseases like obesity, heart disease, cancer, diabetes and arthritis.
People who love to ride their bikes, also prefer visiting the cities which are known for their bicycle pathways or bike rentals. The Copenhagenize Index released in 2019, established rankings of the most-bike friendly cities in the world.
These are the top 10 regions where you would find most people hopped on a bike:
The capital of Denmark clinched the first spot in the index, for it has a unique cycle path network like nowhere else. An estimated $157 million USD was invested in the infrastructure. 62% of the city’s population prefers riding their eco-friendly bikes on day to day basis. Bicycle highways and cycle paths have been built, and many more are planned. The city is known as the bicycle capital of the world.
There is a lot more to Amsterdam than the breathtaking architecture. The vibrant culture in the city motivates people to indulge in a healthier lifestyle. An estimated 73% of the population have a bicycle for commuting. The entire city offers a bike path for its people. Even though the cycling trend continues, the only bother is the increased number of scooters creating traffic on the bike paths and adding risk factor for the cyclists.
“Utrecht Attractive and Accessible” is a development plan carried out in the city which also promotes cycling. By the end of 2018, an 184,000-square-foot garage will be built here, which would hold parking space for 12,500 bikes. This would be world’s largest bicycle parking in the entire world.
Antwerp is the best destination for cycling when you are in Belgium. Large scale projects are implemented in the city, for example, cycle paths along the harbor as well as construction of numerous bridges just for cyclists. The urbanization being carried ensures to include cycle paths in the design.
A few years ago, Strasbourg was the only city in France which encouraged the habit of riding a bicycle. At present, the city has the highest number of cyclists who rent their bikes. Strasbourg has also launched new cargo bike promotion scheme, and constructed a highway called VeloStras to be used only by bicycles.
The city in France is following the footsteps of Strasbourg, and cultivating a bike-friendly environment. In the year 2016, ‘Plan Vélo Métropolitain’ was approved to improve the infrastructure for cyclists, and almost 88 million USD have been invested into the project. The city is focused on calming the motor traffic and allocating more space for bicycles.
Considered to be another great city for bicycling, it has an amplitude of distances between major hubs and attractions. The city has separated bicycle tracks or bicycle lanes on the part of the road itself. Further, streets like Markveien, Torggata, Radhusgata, Ullevalsveien and Frognerstranda have been adapted for bicycle traffic.
An immensely popular way to get around Paris is in bicycle. Paris city bike rental scheme was launched in 2007, Velib which means “bike in freedom”. After this scheme the city became much more bike-friendly with over 20,000 bikes and 1,800 rental stations around the city.
The biking culture is growing in Vienna which is evident in the increasing number of cycle paths in the city. In 2013, the bicycle conference “Velo-city” transpired in the city as well.
Hensinki is believed to be the paradise for cycling lovers. The city has a notable large cycling tracks; 3,000 km of cycle paths in the metropolitan area and is routinely used by residents as a mode of transport.