Biking is a fun, healthy, and eco-friendly way to see the sights. Read on for our picks for the top ten most bike-friendly cities worldwide, and let us know where your favorite place is to get around on two wheels.
#### 1. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Amsterdam is positioned firmly at number one when it comes to bicycle-friendliness. More than 40% of the city’s commutes happen on two wheels, and public bikes are widely available to rent. In addition, there are plans to build a bike parking structure at the city’s central train station.
An amazing 32% of Copenhagen residents bike to work on a regular basis, thanks in part to the city’s free public bike rental program. Swipe your card to leave a deposit when you grab your wheels, and it’s refunded when you return them.
Nearly every major Boulder roadway has a cycling lane, in part thanks to the fact that 15% of its transportation budget is dedicated to promoting and improving bike travel. Couple that with 300 days of sunshine per year and you’ve got some truly excellent biking conditions.
Paris owes its spot on the list to Vélib, the remarkable government-operated bike rental program. 20,000 bikes are available at 1,800 stations all over the city 24/7, and the first 30 minutes of use are always free. In fact, you’re likely to see more Parisians on a Vélib bike than any other kind.
With hundreds of miles of marked bike routes, dedicated cycling lanes, and bike traffic signals, it’s no wonder 80% of Munich’s residents own a bike. The city also provides bike maps and route advice, aiming to increase the number of regular bike commuters to 20% by 2015.
6. Portland, OR
With over 260 miles of bike trails and pathways connecting its urban neighborhoods, Portland’s citizens can nearly bypass car traffic altogether. It’s no wonder the city has achieved bike commuter rate of nearly 9%.
Montreal recently embarked on a massive $134 million plan to create a more bike-friendly city. The project paid off; with 2,400 miles of trails and counting, convenient bike lock points, and a sharing system, Montreal just might be the most cyclist-oriented city in North America.
Perth is home to over 700 km of dedicated bike lanes and paths, and its government provides excellent maps and resources. In addition, the city holds an annual celebration of all things bicycle, dedicated to promoting and developing its urban cycling culture.
Barcelona’s bike share system has been a huge success since its inception in 2007, and you’ll find more than 100 stations along the city center’s 60km “green ring” bikeways. Tip: Barcelona’s share system, Bicing, is only available to residents. Ask your exchange partner to leave their Bicing card for you to use!
Trondheim has earned the final spot on our list of bike-friendly cities thanks to the Cyclocable, the world’s first bicycle lift. Since its installation, the lift has helped more than 200,000 cyclists reach the top of the city’s (very) steep Brubakken hill.
What’s your favorite place to bike? Tell us in the comments!