Biking can be a great way to get to know a new city and stay fit. It’s also one of the most environmentally-friendly forms of travel. Europe is known for having some of the most bike friendly cities in the world. These five cities top the list of bicycle friendly cities in Europe.
Amsterdam, Netherlands – Often referred to as the bicycling capital of Europe and the bike capital of the world, Amsterdam tops many a list of the world’s top bike friendly cities. In fact, 40 percent of commuters in Amsterdam travel by bike. The city has a safe and extensive network of bicycle routes with designated street lanes and traffic signals. There are guarded bicycle parking structures including the famous Amsterdam Bike Ramp at Centraal Station where more than 7000 commuters can park their bikes while they travel by train. Even visitors to the city can get in on the action by renting a bike from one of many locations throughout the city.
Copenhagen, Denmark – In the Danish capital of Copenhagen nearly a third of city residents commute by bicycle. The city spends between 10 and 20 million dollars per year on bike infrastructure additions and improvements. Bike routes are often separated from traffic and included in all new road planning and renovations. Bike rentals are free – available for just a refundable deposit – making Copenhagen one of the world’s most successful community bike programs and the city has a large bicycle culture.
Trondheim, Norway – The city of Trondheim is credited with implementing the world’s first bicycle life, or trampe as it’s locally known. Inspired by ski life technology, the bicycle life carries riders uphill without them even needing to get off of their bikes. The city is known for being environmentally-friendly and promotes biking with a public bike program that offers bikes for rent. Norway is looking to increase bicycle traffic throughout the country to at least eight percent of all travel by 2015.
Basel, Switzerland – Basel has numerous well-marked bicycle lanes running throughout the city. There are traffic signals and left-hand turn lanes designed specifically for bikes. Special route maps are available for cyclists and bikes can be rented from the Rent-a-Bike underground bike park. Local bike rentals are available to both residents and tourists. There are also specific bike trails linking Basel to other parts of Switzerland.
Barcelona, Spain – Barcelona is another European city boasting an impressive mass bike rental program. The city’s bike-sharing program allows riders to rent and drop off at different locations. In Barcelona designated bike lanes, traffic signals and cycling maps have become a city standard. The city has even created a bike path that stretches along the perimeter of the city. Along the route are numerous different bike stations where riders can rent and return bikes.
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