Top 10 Most Bike-friendly Cities in Europe
The best way to avoid the hustle and bustle to travel in a city in Europe is to bike. With the cost of fuel price raising and environmental conservation having become fashionable, a well-known 120-year-old invention is making a comeback. Let’s grab a helmet and check out these 10 cities where can definitely enjoy biking!
No argument is better than numbers to show how Copenhagen tops the list of most bike-friendly cities. In the Danish capital, around a third of its residents are biking to work on a regular basis. Copenhagener bikes 1,200,000 kilometers per year on average. The city also has more bikes than its residents, 560 thousands and 520 thousands respectively. 63% of its congressmen bike to work. The numbers could go on and on… You can travel fast with a bicycle, but still slowly enough to enjoy Copenhagen’s sights on the way with this City Bike Tour.
Being the "Bicycling Capital of Europe" - although challenged by Copenhagen in the recent years, Amsterdam is still one of the world’s benchmark cities for cycling. Nearly 40% of all commutes that take place in Amsterdam are done by bicycle. Explore Amsterdam from the saddle of a bike and experience the Canal Belt just like a local.
Despite being new to the Copenhagenize Index this year, Strasbourg has long been the premier cycling city in France. Cycling in Strasbourg is a pleasant experience and, as it should be, the quickest way from A to B.
Sweden’s third-largest city has been wise to look west its sister-city Copenhagen for inspiration. Being “Sweden´s cycle city”, it is linked by 490 kilometers of bicycle paths, containing more bicycle pathways than any other Swedish cities.
Hosted the global bicycle conference Velo-City in June 2015, Nantes demonstrates that they understand that creating a bicycle-friendly city is not just about building infrastructure but it's most of all about developing a place where from kids to elderlies can all enjoy cycling.
Barcelona has created a bike path with 100 different bike stations as part of Barcelona's bike-sharing program, allowing riders to rent and drop off at different locations. It is one of the best on the planet as measured by usage rates.
Cycling in Berlin is a significant form of transport in the German capital. The city has highly developed bicycling infrastructure and it is estimated to have 710 bicycles per 1000 residents. With crazily wide streets – according to the European standard and the ability to cycle through parks, you can definitely enjoy the city cycling.
Nearly every inhabitant of Zurich is a “pedestrian” at least once a day, either from work to lunch or strolling along the Sihl river. Cycling in Zurich is the best way to get around. Discover Zurich, the enchanting little-big city, on an informative 3-hour cycle tour.
Utrecht is a bristling, bicycle-friendly city. Every day, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., over 100,000 cyclists ride to their work or study via the city center. The city is also working on five comfortable, quick and safe main bicycle routes to make the city more attractive and accessible.
Few would have believed that Paris could have pulled it off to even become a bike friendly city, but it’s doing just that. The bike sharing system launched in 2007 was embraced by the citizens. As of 2014, Vélib' is the world's 12th-largest bike sharing program by the number of bicycles in circulation.