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Best Biking Cities
Bicycle-friendly Cities Around The World
Best Biking Cities
Cities that haven’t created the infrastructure for biking are quickly learning the importance of having bike lanes and welcoming biking culture. Not only is it good to lower pollution it also creates a healthy and active lifestyle. Biking is also one of the best ways to explore a new city and experience the local culture for tourists. Navigating through a city is also one of the best ways to learn one. As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, celebrate bike month by going on a bike ride.
Robo put together a list of some of the best biking cities around the world. Find the cheapest flights to your destination and start exploring!
Copenhagen is the biking city capital of the world. 9 out of 10 people own a bike in Copenhagen. Spacious bike lanes parallel to roads make it even more efficient to travel than trying to get a cab. The city even offers cycle superhighways that connect cities to each other. As a result, there is less pollution and thriving bike culture. Most locals own bikes but if you are visiting the city there are, The Bycyklen, stations all around the city where you can rent and drop off bikes. The bike’s touchscreen can also be used for navigation, payment, and travel tips. Rent a bike and explore the city as the locals do. You can also take your bike on public transportation such as the bus or the metro. There are many guided tours that offer tours around the major sights. If you prefer to venture solo be sure to make a list of places you want to see and a route for every day as it can get overwhelming to decide once you are up and going.
Portland, Oregon, USA
Portland remains the biking capital of the USA for its extensive bike routes and encouragement of the bike culture. It even has a platinum rating from the League of American Bicyclists. The cities commuters mostly use their bikes to get from place to place. You can also bike along the Willamette or Columbia rivers and enjoy the river view. If you are advanced you can do the popular Short, Steep, and Sweet trail that is a 15-mile climb that takes you through the West Hill neighborhood and you can view the Tualatin valley. The city offers biking stations, BIKETOWN, for 20 cents a minute.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Amsterdam is one of the first places that comes to mind when talking about bicycles in cities. The city has created an intensive biking infrastructure that has harbored the biking culture for years to the extent that bikes have priority of way over cars and pedestrians. The city is working on expanding the existing infrastructure to reduce rush hour traffic as more habitants move to the city from all around the world. A good route to take as a beginner or a tourist is the Ouderkerk Aan De Amstel. The route starts in the city center and follows the Amstel river heading south for 10m, along the way you will see the scenery that inspired the famous landscape painter Rembrandt, such as windmills and pretty skies. Your final destination, Ouderkerk Aan De Amstel, is a small village with historic sights. With this route, you’ll get the best of both worlds, the city and a touch of the country. If you prefer the city get lost in it, discover local shops, stores, and bars.
Although visitors to Tokyo mostly use the train due to its extensive train system, most people miss out on the local life. Bike around to experience the sites and bites. One of the best cycling routes is the Imperial Palace Sprint. It’s a great way to experience the beauty of the Imperial Palace. The loop is 3 km around the palace, the road is closed to traffic on Sundays which makes it a great place for carefree riding. The city offers biking stations, Community Cycle, all around the city.
Enjoy the architecture of the city as you cycle through it. You can actually hit most of the highlighted architectures just by biking! In order to do so start from Plaça Catalunya go straight and see Sagrada Familia, Arc de Triomf, Casa Batlló. Take a right on Av. Portal de l’Angel, go left onto Carrer dels Arcs. After head to El born. End your ride at Las Ramblas and reward yourself with a walkway lined with restaurants and shops. The city offers biking stations, Bicing, all around the city.
New York, USA
New Yorkers are partaking in the biking culture more and more every day and there has been a significant increase in uses after the CitiBike system. Although NYC traffic can be overwhelming there are areas where you can avoid it. The West Village is a great neighborhood to explore by bike, although be warned you will face some cobblestone streets that can be challenging. If you prefer a smoother ride head to Central Park and explore the many views the park has to offer. For sunset head to the West Side Highway, have a picnic by the water as you watch the sunset, and bike back home on the bike path. The city has biking stations, CitiBike, all around the city.