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.
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
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).
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.