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Urban Mobility: The 15 Friendliest Bike Cities In the World

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Trends come and go, but simple designs stand the test of time, which you can notice clearly in urban mobility nowadays. You have autonomous cars, dock-less pogo sticks, but the bicycle continues to be the most shimmering, reliable and practical answer to urban mobility. A lot of cities change their infrastructure and expanding facilities to accommodate bicycles in their town as a new way of transportation while improving urban livability.

Bicycle friendly

We want to check pro-cycling efforts and initiatives taken by cities all over the world, to see which city is the most bicycle-friendly. Therefore, we present the Copenhagenize Index, which shows us a holistic and comprehensive ranking of the friendliest cities around the world. They evaluated on culture, streetscape design and ambition. They made a top 3 that is on the top for years. Copenhagen retains the top spot, Amsterdam is second, followed by another Dutch city Utrecht.

But we see some action in other cities as well; it is no longer only the Danish and the Dutch cities that take biking seriously. Antwerp and Bordeaux are following, as well as Bogotá, Taipei and Vancouver. They all want to make their city better urban centres for the bicycle. Many cities want to change with regards to the bike as main transport, but for now, you will find the world's 15 most bicycle-friendly cities below.

(Scroll down for bicycle rental prices)

Copenhagen

It is easy to see why Copenhagen remains the first place in ranking: 62 per cent of the inhabitants travel to work or school by bike. Every day, Copenhageners cycle 894,000 miles. The government built four bicycle bridges (some are still under construction), and there are a lot of regional cycle highways. Only the mayor has to have more attention for bikes. At this moment, bicycles do not have the highest priority anymore in this Danish capital. If Copenhagen wants to remain a global inspiration, they need to find a way to focus more on sustainable mobility and less on car parking spots.

Colorful houses Copenhagen

Photo by: Maksym Potapenko 

Amsterdam

Amsterdam has returned at spot 2 in the Copenhagenize Index ranking. Amsterdam released a new ambitious plan for 2022 to improve bicycle parking and the existing infrastructure. There are about 11,000 new inhabitants coming to Amsterdam every year, so the city is developing "royal routes" to accommodate more bikes. They want to expand existing cycle lanes to reduce stress during rush hours. With these new plans, Amsterdam could show us innovations and, perhaps, more extensive facilities, stricter enforcement of mopeds, and more precise signposts. Who knows, with the next Index, Amsterdam could take back the throne of Copenhagen. (Also interesting: Sustainable Picnic Charging Point, 'Tablet': The Netherlands)

Utrecht

Many cities in the Netherlands are bike-friendly, but Utrecht shows a willingness to embrace innovations, to push boundaries. Politicians are helping as well because they want to reduce cars and are prioritizing pedalling over driving.

                              Friendliest Bike Cities In the World. Utrecht, get cars out the city and bicycles in

They want to double bicycle commuting traffic by 2030. To stay in the top 3, Utrecht needs to focus on an improved signposts system to benefit visitors and commuters. There is also a lack of bicycle parking spaces in the city centre. Hopefully, they can fix that problem.


Photo by: Robin Benzrihem

Antwerp

In the last two years, Antwerp has built upon a reputation as a bicycle-friendly city. Initiatives, civil actions and professional expertise have helped the city forward. Antwerp's recent city plan has a focus on improving and connecting the cycling network through traffic light management and improvements to intersections. Also, they want to reduce car speed limits to 30 kilometres per hour in most of the streets. They expand their bicycle parking facilities at train stations, and they want better cycle highways. The only thing is that politicians need to see the role of cycling in Antwerp. It is an efficient and modern mode of transportation. Besides, a better cycle network is required, so that there are fewer accidents.

Oslo

Once upon a time, Oslo said they were too snowy or hilly to cycle. In 2017, officials made the bold move to ban cars from the city centre and to invest substantially in calm traffic, such as biking and walking. Oslo is renovating but is still coping with small problems, such as unprotected streets. They need to continue with the focus on bicycles and investments to become a genuinely bicycle-friendly city in the next year.

Oslo, people, mirror building water
Photo by: Robin Benzrihem

Paris

Years and years, cyclists shared their road with buses driving around. Now, Paris is building dedicated cycle lanes, including safe facilities on the Champs-Elysées. Local politicians wanted new cycling facilities in spite of what the fierce opposition said. The result of local politicians: more children are riding their bike than ever before. A focus point for Paris is attention to the details of the facilities, how they connect to intersections, and how they meet cyclists of all ages and abilities. Bring on better communication to show the benefits of cycling for Parisians, and how to enjoy these new facilities.

Vienna

Vienna has an active policy and took a lot of effort in communication to improve cycling infrastructure. They are modest in investments but are trying to do something. How could they rank higher in the Index? Vienna could invest more in separate and better cycle highways. That would improve a lot.

Church tower
Photo by: 30daysreplay.de (PR & Marketing)

Helsinki

Helsinki had the ambitious goal for 2025 to be the world's best metropolis of sustainable transport. At this moment, 11 per cent of the Finnish population is riding a bike, they have more than 800 miles of bicycle infrastructure, and 12 miles of cycle highways and more to come). A significant boulevard for cyclists needs to be built by 2020. The fix in Helsinki: We see a lot of positive improvements, but there is a shortage of finance that can lead to problems for all the (cycling) plans. So, crowdfunding would be an option for Finland.

woman on bicycle seen through hole

Photo by: Morgana Bartolomei

Bogotá

Bogotá, capital of Colombia, still has a metropolis, full of cars driving around and poor air quality. Bogotá earned some points on the Index because of the positive influence for cycling in South America. Also, they organize the famous Ciclovía, a weekly Sunday activity that closes the streets to cars so that citizens can cycle or walk around the block. The problem in Bogotá is that you have to wear a helmet; it is unsafe riding around on your bike with cars driving by. They need a new signposting system for cyclists, a new bicycle government policy and new guidelines for the design of the bicycle infrastructure. (Also interesting: Sustainable Bamboo Traffic Sign For Safe Cities: Netherlands)

Barcelona

Barcelona, the Catalan capital of Catalonia, continues to serve as a model of urban mobility innovation. They have an extensive network and an improved cycling plan around the city. They want to double the cycling network to 190 miles by the end of the year so that Barcelona can remain in the top 20 most cycling-friendly cities in the world. Barcelona should focus on expanding its roads so that everyone feels more comfortable and safer. It will also be a good idea to expand the cycling routes along the coastline and Montjuïc to give new urban connectivity.

Ljubljana

Unfortunately, Ljubljana has dropped on the Index this year; it still deserves a place in this top 15. They have an urgent desire for innovation and bicycle-friendly development. Inhabitants of all ages are riding a bike. Parking is the main problem for cyclists. There are not as many as needed, and they are not safe. This is a barrier to new cyclists. Also, there needs to be a better cycling network to create better protection and width.

Houses colorful verns
Photo by: Aneta Pawlik 

Berlin

The 2015 Volksentscheid Fahrrad was a significant disruption for urban mobility in the German capital. With more than 100,000 signatures, the 2015 referendum forced the Senate to build a more bicycle-friendly city. And now Berlin hopes to be able to realise this ambitious decision with an updated bicycle plan. The problem in Berlin: The ambitious goals of the cycling plan follow relatively vague timelines, awaiting more detailed strategies. There is an incoherent mix of cycling infrastructure, and they need to be adapted to be consistent and meet intuitive design standards. In addition, sufficient space must be built for cargo bikes. (Also interesting: Electric-Bike Mamachari Is Japan’s Moms Favourite Smart Idea)

Tokyo

Tokyo can be called the city of the cyclist for years. Not because of its extensive infrastructure, but because it is one of the world's largest metropolis where millions of people cycle their Mamachari Bikes. They use these bikes to bring children to school, pick up, goods, going to work and going to train stations and stores. They are one of the largest and best cycling cities in the world, but they need a better safety network for cyclists. There is a high demand but an insufficient supply.

Taiwan

Taiwan is known as a production centre for the bicycle industry and has earned the title of "bicycle kingdom". Taipei has grown over the past ten years, launched the successful YouBike bike and started building a network of cycling infrastructure. They were invited - as the first Asian city - to organise the Velo-City conference in 2016. Mayor Ko, a strong supporter of cyclists, wants to triple the number of bicycle paths in the city centre by the end of the year. Taipei's problem is air pollution, which is a problem for many inhabitants. If they want to improve air quality, they have to reduce car traffic and use the bicycle instead of the car.

Street, people Taiwan

Montreal

Montreal is the only North American city on the Index since 2011 but faces removal from the rankings if they do not want to innovate. In 2017, Valérie Plante won the elections and gave a positive message about cycling infrastructure and new investments in public transport. The news showed the world the most adventurous cycling project Montreal has ever seen: The Réseau Express Vélo. It is a network of 114 miles of protected one-way bike paths across the island. The problem is that no one is changing the bike lanes as they are today. The bike paths are poorly painted, the road surface in Montreal is in a bad state, and there are too little protected facilities for cyclists. They have to tackle this problem in order to remain in the top 15 most bicycle-friendly cities in the world.

As you can see there is a variety between the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world: European, Asian, North and South-American. They all can use some improvements to make their city more bicycle-friendly. But still, there is a great development going on if this number of cities are willing to improve their city, just to make it more sustainable and better. We have mentioned Vancouver in the first paragraph, but it is still not in the top 15. They need to improve more to get in this Copenhagenize Index. If you are looking for a bicycle-friendly place to stay, just give a look at this top 15 and you are ready to go. 

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Trends come and go, but simple designs stand the test of time, which you can notice clearly in urban mobility nowadays. You have autonomous cars, dock-less pogo sticks, but the bicycle continues to be the most shimmering, reliable and practical answer to urban mobility. A lot of cities change their infrastructure and expanding facilities to accommodate bicycles in their town as a new way of transportation while improving urban livability. Bicycle friendly We want to check pro-cycling efforts and initiatives taken by cities all over the world, to see which city is the most bicycle-friendly. Therefore, we present the Copenhagenize Index, which shows us a holistic and comprehensive ranking of the friendliest cities around the world. They evaluated on culture, streetscape design and ambition. They made a top 3 that is on the top for years. Copenhagen retains the top spot, Amsterdam is second, followed by another Dutch city Utrecht. But we see some action in other cities as well; it is no longer only the Danish and the Dutch cities that take biking seriously. Antwerp and Bordeaux are following, as well as Bogotá, Taipei and Vancouver. They all want to make their city better urban centres for the bicycle. Many cities want to change with regards to the bike as main transport, but for now, you will find the world's 15 most bicycle-friendly cities below. ( Scroll down for bicycle rental prices ) Copenhagen It is easy to see why Copenhagen remains the first place in ranking: 62 per cent of the inhabitants travel to work or school by bike. Every day, Copenhageners cycle 894,000 miles. The government built four bicycle bridges (some are still under construction), and there are a lot of regional cycle highways. Only the mayor has to have more attention for bikes. At this moment, bicycles do not have the highest priority anymore in this Danish capital. If Copenhagen wants to remain a global inspiration, they need to find a way to focus more on sustainable mobility and less on car parking spots. Photo by: Maksym Potapenko  Amsterdam Amsterdam has returned at spot 2 in the Copenhagenize Index ranking. Amsterdam released a new ambitious plan for 2022 to improve bicycle parking and the existing infrastructure. There are about 11,000 new inhabitants coming to Amsterdam every year, so the city is developing "royal routes" to accommodate more bikes. They want to expand existing cycle lanes to reduce stress during rush hours. With these new plans, Amsterdam could show us innovations and, perhaps, more extensive facilities, stricter enforcement of mopeds, and more precise signposts. Who knows, with the next Index, Amsterdam could take back the throne of Copenhagen. ( Also interesting:  Sustainable Picnic Charging Point, 'Tablet': The Netherlands ) Utrecht Many cities in the Netherlands are bike-friendly, but Utrecht shows a willingness to embrace innovations, to push boundaries. Politicians are helping as well because they want to reduce cars and are prioritizing pedalling over driving. {youtube}                               Friendliest Bike Cities In the World. Utrecht, get cars out the city and bicycles in They want to double bicycle commuting traffic by 2030. To stay in the top 3, Utrecht needs to focus on an improved signposts system to benefit visitors and commuters. There is also a lack of bicycle parking spaces in the city centre. Hopefully, they can fix that problem. Photo by: Robin Benzrihem Antwerp In the last two years, Antwerp has built upon a reputation as a bicycle-friendly city. Initiatives, civil actions and professional expertise have helped the city forward. Antwerp's recent city plan has a focus on improving and connecting the cycling network through traffic light management and improvements to intersections. Also, they want to reduce car speed limits to 30 kilometres per hour in most of the streets. They expand their bicycle parking facilities at train stations, and they want better cycle highways. The only thing is that politicians need to see the role of cycling in Antwerp. It is an efficient and modern mode of transportation. Besides, a better cycle network is required, so that there are fewer accidents. Oslo Once upon a time, Oslo said they were too snowy or hilly to cycle. In 2017, officials made the bold move to ban cars from the city centre and to invest substantially in calm traffic, such as biking and walking. Oslo is renovating but is still coping with small problems, such as unprotected streets. They need to continue with the focus on bicycles and investments to become a genuinely bicycle-friendly city in the next year. Photo by: Robin Benzrihem Paris Years and years, cyclists shared their road with buses driving around. Now, Paris is building dedicated cycle lanes, including safe facilities on the Champs-Elysées. Local politicians wanted new cycling facilities in spite of what the fierce opposition said. The result of local politicians: more children are riding their bike than ever before. A focus point for Paris is attention to the details of the facilities, how they connect to intersections, and how they meet cyclists of all ages and abilities. Bring on better communication to show the benefits of cycling for Parisians, and how to enjoy these new facilities. Vienna Vienna has an active policy and took a lot of effort in communication to improve cycling infrastructure. They are modest in investments but are trying to do something. How could they rank higher in the Index? Vienna could invest more in separate and better cycle highways. That would improve a lot. Photo by: 30daysreplay.de (PR & Marketing) Helsinki Helsinki had the ambitious goal for 2025 to be the world's best metropolis of sustainable transport. At this moment, 11 per cent of the Finnish population is riding a bike, they have more than 800 miles of bicycle infrastructure, and 12 miles of cycle highways and more to come). A significant boulevard for cyclists needs to be built by 2020. The fix in Helsinki: We see a lot of positive improvements, but there is a shortage of finance that can lead to problems for all the (cycling) plans. So, crowdfunding would be an option for Finland. Photo by: Morgana Bartolomei Bogotá Bogotá, capital of Colombia, still has a metropolis, full of cars driving around and poor air quality. Bogotá earned some points on the Index because of the positive influence for cycling in South America. Also, they organize the famous Ciclovía, a weekly Sunday activity that closes the streets to cars so that citizens can cycle or walk around the block. The problem in Bogotá is that you have to wear a helmet; it is unsafe riding around on your bike with cars driving by. They need a new signposting system for cyclists, a new bicycle government policy and new guidelines for the design of the bicycle infrastructure. ( Also interesting:  Sustainable Bamboo Traffic Sign For Safe Cities: Netherlands ) Barcelona Barcelona, the Catalan capital of Catalonia, continues to serve as a model of urban mobility innovation. They have an extensive network and an improved cycling plan around the city. They want to double the cycling network to 190 miles by the end of the year so that Barcelona can remain in the top 20 most cycling-friendly cities in the world. Barcelona should focus on expanding its roads so that everyone feels more comfortable and safer. It will also be a good idea to expand the cycling routes along the coastline and Montjuïc to give new urban connectivity. Ljubljana Unfortunately, Ljubljana has dropped on the Index this year; it still deserves a place in this top 15. They have an urgent desire for innovation and bicycle-friendly development. Inhabitants of all ages are riding a bike. Parking is the main problem for cyclists. There are not as many as needed, and they are not safe. This is a barrier to new cyclists. Also, there needs to be a better cycling network to create better protection and width. Photo by: Aneta Pawlik  Berlin The 2015 Volksentscheid Fahrrad was a significant disruption for urban mobility in the German capital. With more than 100,000 signatures, the 2015 referendum forced the Senate to build a more bicycle-friendly city. And now Berlin hopes to be able to realise this ambitious decision with an updated bicycle plan. The problem in Berlin: The ambitious goals of the cycling plan follow relatively vague timelines, awaiting more detailed strategies. There is an incoherent mix of cycling infrastructure, and they need to be adapted to be consistent and meet intuitive design standards. In addition, sufficient space must be built for cargo bikes. ( Also interesting:  Electric-Bike Mamachari Is Japan’s Moms Favourite Smart Idea ) Tokyo Tokyo can be called the city of the cyclist for years. Not because of its extensive infrastructure, but because it is one of the world's largest metropolis where millions of people cycle their Mamachari Bikes. They use these bikes to bring children to school, pick up, goods, going to work and going to train stations and stores. They are one of the largest and best cycling cities in the world, but they need a better safety network for cyclists. There is a high demand but an insufficient supply. Taiwan Taiwan is known as a production centre for the bicycle industry and has earned the title of "bicycle kingdom". Taipei has grown over the past ten years, launched the successful YouBike bike and started building a network of cycling infrastructure. They were invited - as the first Asian city - to organise the Velo-City conference in 2016. Mayor Ko, a strong supporter of cyclists, wants to triple the number of bicycle paths in the city centre by the end of the year. Taipei's problem is air pollution, which is a problem for many inhabitants. If they want to improve air quality, they have to reduce car traffic and use the bicycle instead of the car. Montreal Montreal is the only North American city on the Index since 2011 but faces removal from the rankings if they do not want to innovate. In 2017, Valérie Plante won the elections and gave a positive message about cycling infrastructure and new investments in public transport. The news showed the world the most adventurous cycling project Montreal has ever seen: The Réseau Express Vélo. It is a network of 114 miles of protected one-way bike paths across the island. The problem is that no one is changing the bike lanes as they are today. The bike paths are poorly painted, the road surface in Montreal is in a bad state, and there are too little protected facilities for cyclists. They have to tackle this problem in order to remain in the top 15 most bicycle-friendly cities in the world. As you can see there is a variety between the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world: European, Asian, North and South-American. They all can use some improvements to make their city more bicycle-friendly. But still, there is a great development going on if this number of cities are willing to improve their city, just to make it more sustainable and better. We have mentioned Vancouver in the first paragraph, but it is still not in the top 15. They need to improve more to get in this Copenhagenize Index. 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