The Trivago blog made a compilation of the 14 best cities for bicyclists, according to the “Copenhagenize” indicator. There are 2 Dutch, 2 Spanish, 2 German and only one Latin American city amongst them.
The people of Amsterdam use their bicycles quite often and it’s no surprise: They got more than 15,000 km of bicycle lanes. Visitor can opt to rent a bike in their hotels or bicycle shops. Prices range from 4 (daily price if rent for several days) to 8 (just one day) euro.
This city stands out in its exemplary attitude towards bicyclists. The use of bicycles in the Danish capital has seen a tremendous surge in the 70s, as there was an oil crisis in which the city has introduced car-free Sundays. Its citizens preferred their bikes ever since. 400 km of bicycle lanes make the stay quite endurable. You can rent your bike at the railroad stations, one of the numerous bicycle shops or in hotels.
This dutch university town sticks out with its cheerful atmosphere, its intense cultural activity, its big commercial center and its bike-friendly infrastructure. You can find more than 200,000 bicycles over here.
Its the best town for Spanish bicyclists: they added more than 80 km of “bicisendas” (bicycle paths) and the city’s transformation into a bike-friendly place has been quite rapid, with positive effects for overall traffic.
The second most important city in Flanders for bicyclists. You may rent a bike for one day for 13 euros here and there are bicycle lanes and proper signpostings on its main streets, just as well as enough space for parking.
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This Dutch city really lives an intense bicycle culture, since they have even created a bicycle lane in form of a painting of Vincen Van Gogh, “The Starry Night”. You can rent bikes in any railroad station and go discover the city.
It’s connected with more than 490 km of bicycle lanes, which makes it Swedish city with the most space for lovers of this sport. 25% of the local population prefer using this means of transportation and there is no better way to discover this lovely place.
Berlin’s got more than 600 km of bike lanes and various companies that offer bike rentals, such as “Call a Bike”, the Deutsche Bahn (the national railroad corporation). Permabulate the Checkpoint Charlie and the control station in your bike, it’s something you definitely won’t regret.
Founded by vikings in the 9th century, this place has become a modern city over time, without losing its gaellic character. There’s a public bike rental called Dublinbikes, which offers you your first 30 minutes for free.
The Japanese capital has no public bike rentals, contrary to most cities, but offers tons of bike shops with rentals instead. Further, plenty of hotels provide bike services. Its urban infrastructure is very bike-friendly, you can use the bike lanes without fear of danger. The Olympic Games 2020 in Tokio made the local government redesign its streets, to make the city more secure.
Bikes represent 17% of transportation in the Bavarian capital, where 80% of the population own bicycles and the bike lanes cover more than 1200 km. Just like in Berlin, the “Call a Bike” service lets you rent your bike anywhere in the city.
12. Rio de Janeiro
It’s the most bike-friendly city in Latin America. The good climate, its bike lane system with over 250 km and the public bike rental system “Bike Rio” make it a good choice for bike lovers.
The bike lets you get to know the city in an alternative way, with a fresh breeze in your face and without worrying about traffic jam. Apart from that, public bike rentals are scattered all over the place.
The last city on our list is the “City of Lights”, the French capital also provides you with a rich bike infrastructure. The “Vélib” service lets you rent bikes since 2007, aiming to reduce traffic jams in town and has more than 1200 stations in the whole city. The only inconvenience you might face, is that the bikes are quite heacy, weighing more than 22 kg.
Taken from: Perfil.com