Bicy­cles have not yet become fash­ion­able in our coun­try, they are prac­ti­cal­ly not used in cities, and dri­vers look askance at a cyclist on the high­way, twist­ing their fin­gers at their tem­ples. But in many coun­tries of the world, a bicy­cle is the most pop­u­lar means of trans­porta­tion. They take care of the envi­ron­ment and their own health. A bicy­cle in a metrop­o­lis is a great way to get to the right place avoid­ing traf­fic jams, sav­ing mon­ey and at the same time tak­ing care of your health. Men’s site AskMen.com has named the ten most com­fort­able cities for cyclists in the world. In these cities, all con­di­tions for cycling are cre­at­ed, cyclists are at the head of traf­fic here. So, let’s move on to the list .. After read­ing, I ask you to take part in the dis­cus­sion, share your impres­sions, leave feed­back in the com­ments.

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1. Amsterdam is a city of bicycles and cyclists.

As you know, the fastest way to get to your des­ti­na­tion in Ams­ter­dam is by bike. Almost half of all traf­fic in the city is made up of cyclists.
MacBike is a net­work of bike rental com­pa­nies. About 5 rental offices are locat­ed in the cen­ter of Ams­ter­dam. Anoth­er cycling mode of trans­porta­tion is bike taxi. You can enjoy cycling effort­less­ly, as it is not you who ped­al the bike, but the dri­ver. Ams­ter­dam cares about the envi­ron­ment. Here, the pur­chase of a car is taxed at 50% unless it is a hybrid. They say: “He who dri­ves a car in Ams­ter­dam already has one foot in prison.” Bik­ing in Ams­ter­dam
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2. Copenhagen, Denmark.

35% of the total pop­u­la­tion of Copen­hagen com­mutes to work by bike. This is a sep­a­rate trans­port cat­e­go­ry, which is con­sid­ered and respect­ed. The tra­di­tion of using bicy­cles as a means of trans­porta­tion began in the 1900s and last­ed into the 20th cen­tu­ry, the cen­tu­ry of motor­ing. You don’t have to buy your own to ride a bike to work. Numer­ous rental shops offer bicy­cles for free use for a few hours or for the whole day, each of which is equipped with a map of the city’s bike paths (trav­el­ing out­side the city is pun­ish­able by a fine). You just need to leave a deposit of 20 crowns (about $3).

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Famous ski resorts in Switzerland

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3. Bogota, Colombia.

While Bogotá’s gov­ern­ment cycling pro­grams aren’t as aggres­sive as those in Europe or Amer­i­ca, the city can move out at the expense of demo­graph­ics. Only 13 per­cent of cit­i­zens are car own­ers. On Sun­days from morn­ing to two o’clock, half of all roads and streets are closed to cars and opened to cyclists, and all of Bogo­ta is rid­ing. Such mass skat­ing just like that, and not on busi­ness, does not hap­pen any­where in the world. This action is called ciclovia

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4. Curitiba, Brazil

The cycling tra­di­tion of Curiti­ba goes back over 40 years. Cyclists ped­al, enjoy­ing the dense net­work of cycle paths. Curiti­ba is gen­er­al­ly con­sid­ered one of the most trans­port cities in the world. By this we mean the most thought­ful and devel­oped trans­port sys­tem of the city. Curitiba’s cyclists enjoy 160 km of well-designed, seclud­ed bike paths of two types — flat for leisure­ly rides and hilly for sporty rid­ing. These paths are inte­grat­ed into a sin­gle net­work with streets, bus routes and parks.
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5. Montreal, Canada.

Two years ago, the Mon­tre­al gov­ern­ment allo­cat­ed $134 mil­lion to upgrade bike lanes and cre­ate stan­dard­ized bike park­ing. There are now 2,400 miles of bike lanes. Mon­tre­al is the most bike-friend­ly city in North Amer­i­ca. The length of indi­vid­ual cycle paths is about 600 km. The city is a Mec­ca for cyclists from both Cana­da and the Unit­ed States.

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6. Portland, Oregon, USA.

In Port­land, which has 260 miles of bike lanes, you can rent a bike for a small fee that comes with a crash hel­met, lock, pump, maps, and rain cov­er. Port­land has a well-devel­oped net­work of bike paths that con­nect all areas of the city. Many cyclists live here, and the city author­i­ties sup­port the devel­op­ment of this sus­tain­able form of trans­port. The Sub­ur­ban Pro­gram allows low-income peo­ple to rent a tour­ing bike with all the nec­es­sary acces­sories: a lock, a pump, a hel­met, a tool kit, mark­er lights, maps, and even a rain­coat. There are more than 38,000 bicy­cles in Port­land, and the bike cen­ter offers spe­cial cours­es to learn how to safe­ly ride a bike with­in the city. The bike­way net­work in Port­land has grown from 60 miles to 260 miles since the ear­ly 1990s. The num­ber of acci­dents involv­ing bikes has decreased by four times. There are still 38 miles of road with­out bike lanes in Port­land, but this short­com­ing will soon be elim­i­nat­ed. There are a num­ber of car-free cities in the Unit­ed States where you can take a break from your mod­ern lifestyle in the midst of untouched nature.

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The Statue of Unity is one of the tallest statues in the world.

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7. Basel, Switzerland

Numer­ous cycle paths in the city are equipped with their own bicy­cle signs, which makes the ride more pleas­ant. In Basel, Switzer­land, for com­par­i­son, there are 1590 spe­cial park­ing spaces for bicy­cles today (Basel’s pop­u­la­tion is 191 thou­sand peo­ple). Bicy­cle insur­ance is manda­to­ry in Switzer­land, it is civ­il lia­bil­i­ty, it con­sists of 3 bumper stick­ers. Its cost is about 8 francs, you can buy it at any post office. The amount of insur­ance cov­er­age is 2 mil­lion francs.

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8. Barcelona, ​​Spain

In most major Euro­pean cities, stan­dard bike lanes have been installed, spe­cial sig­nals and maps have been uni­fied. How­ev­er, Barcelona has gone even fur­ther by lay­ing a green cycle path that has 100 sta­tions. Con­di­tions for cyclists in Barcelona are just great — sep­a­rate wide bike paths along every street through­out the city. No won­der the bike is the offi­cial form of urban trans­port in Barcelona.

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9. Beijing, China.

Like res­i­dents of most devel­op­ing coun­tries, Bei­jingers pre­fer to trav­el by car. How­ev­er, a bicy­cle is often the only way to quick­ly get to your des­ti­na­tion, bypass­ing miles of traf­fic jams. Giv­en the gas pol­lu­tion of the city, the Bei­jing City Hall active­ly sup­ports cycling. In total, 11 mil­lion bicy­cles are reg­is­tered in Bei­jing. The bicy­cle came to Bei­jing from Europe, but how Chi­nese it has become can be judged by a Chi­nese joke: a Chi­nese child is born sit­ting on a bicy­cle
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10. Trondheim, Norway

Cyclists around the world adore this Nor­we­gian city for a won­der­ful inven­tion — a bike lift that works like a lift in ski resorts. This amaz­ing bike lift has been oper­at­ing in Trond­heim since 1993. It’s called Tramp. And although it is dif­fi­cult to notice from a dis­tance, the hid­den mech­a­nism betrays its pres­ence with the mys­te­ri­ous appear­ance of cyclists rid­ing slow­ly uphill, but not ped­al­ing. Even more mys­te­ri­ous are peo­ple with­out bicy­cles, slow­ly float­ing up the hill, stand­ing still, although no esca­la­tor can be seen here. The clue to their move­ment can only be seen by approach­ing the hill clos­er.

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The history of the soccer ball. From antiquity to modernity

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Trampe actu­al­ly looks more like an esca­la­tor in terms of design. Its mech­a­nism is com­plete­ly hid­den under­ground. Out­side, only a nar­row gap is vis­i­ble, and small plat­forms crawl­ing uphill, in which you should rest your foot while sit­ting on a bicy­cle. There is also a col­umn with a smart card read­er at the low­er (send­ing) sta­tion. Using the lift is not dif­fi­cult, the main thing to remem­ber is to “stretch your right leg back, hold­ing it over the start slot and trans­fer­ring your weight to it.

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This Trampe bike lift was invent­ed by Jar­le Wan­vik, inspired by ski lifts. He cre­at­ed the com­pa­ny Design Man­age­ment, which owns this exot­ic sys­tem. Engi­neers Stein L?vold and Mag­nar Wahl assist­ed Van­wick in final­iz­ing the idea to a work­ing draft. The pro­duc­tion of the sys­tem was entrust­ed to the local man­u­fac­tur­er of ski lifts — Pro­tek, and the local road admin­is­tra­tion paid for this work.
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This was a review of the 10 best cities in the world for cyclists. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, in our coun­try, being a cyclist is life-threat­en­ing. Only a com­plete­ly fear­less per­son will dare to go to the track on a bicy­cle. It is not known when this sit­u­a­tion will change. All we can do is learn to be more atten­tive, respect all road users and fol­low the rules.