5 Bicycle Friendly Cities You Need To Know About

Amidst news reports regarding rising environmental crisis, there is a lot debate surrounding the usage of vehicles. From odd-even schemes in Delhi to bans on vehicle usage in certain parts of the world, the idea of riding a bicycle sounds like nirvana. Furthermore, as one sifts through health books for daily tips on how to keep fit, the suggestion of cycling a recurrent idea.
There are cities around the world which on this very principle, utilise the potential bicycles and have added a new twist to not just daily life, but one’s travelling as well.

Here are five bicycle friendly cities where you can test you biking skills.

Copenhagen

In Copenhagen, 36% of people use bicycles to travel for work and school. There are bicycle sharing systems,  more than 180 miles of bike paths and lanes, traffic signals specifically for cyclists, and bicycle parking when you roll into downtown. There is a reason why Copenhagen is referred to as the most bicycle friendly city in the world, and it is precisely this.

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Amsterdam

Amsterdam sees a high percentage of commuters on bikes. Bike lanes and paths, lower car speed limits and traffic signals or cyclists, as well as the sights which become worthwhile only when you cycle or walk past them, makes Amsterdam gem in the bag. For tourists, Orangebike, a company with locations in downtown Amsterdam, rents cruisers, kids’ bikes, and tourist bikes with racks.

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Buenos Aires

In the past three years, over 87 miles of bicycle infrastructure has been implemented—much of it protected—along with a bike-share program. Buenos Aires has continued to work into its veins new age urbanism with calmer traffic, influx of bicycle travelling and high connectivity. It is said that this a city to watch out for in the coming years!

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Most loved cycling routes in India

Minneapolis

The city boasts 120 miles of on-street bikeways and 90 miles of off-street lanes. This is supported by a respectable bike sharing system. The most admirable part about the city administration is that not only do they encourage bicycle use all throughout the year but they also make sure that it is possible. In the winter months, when snow accumulates, they clear snow to create bike trails. How cool is that!

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Utrecht

With the world’s largest parking space for bicycles, Utrecht acknowledges the importance of accessibility through bicycles. Dutch cities have always been a forerunner in terms of bicycle usage, but Utrecht, has proved to be an innovator in it’s own way. Bike sharing systems, adequate parking space, bike traffic handles, Utrecht is certain a bicycle friendly city to enjoy!

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Also read, Grab a bike and lose yourself in Amsterdam!

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