Bike – comfortable, eco-friendly and useful in terms of health transport. It is understood in many countries: Denmark, Japan, the U.S. and other countries cyclists “free breathing” and respected on the road.
In this article we’ll cover the 20 most bike-friendly cities in the world. The list has no ranking.
Population: ≈ 1,2 million people.
Rental: Bycyklen .
Prices (mortgage) month subscription – $ 13.
In Copenhagen, about 35% of cyclists. The authorities have ambitious plans -2015 bikes transplanted to 50% of the working population. Almost every local resident have your own bike, and tourists and “horseless” townspeople available about 2000 centers hire bikes. In the city 400 km of cycle paths.
Population: ≈ 13 million people.
Rental: CogiCogi .
Prices (mortgage) month subscription – $ 5.3; year subscription – $ 54.
Tokyo – a huge metropolis with developed transport network, including bike. After all, it is much faster – no traffic jams, and useful – Japanese watch over health. Do not be surprised if you see a clerk in an expensive suit with a briefcase and a bike.Everywhere special bicycle parking and rental. All private bikes registered with the police, they are assigned a unique number, and the frame is glued nameplate holder.
Population: ≈ 1,6 million people.
Rental: Bicing .
Prices (mortgage): the first 30 minutes – free of charge;every subsequent 2:00 – € 0,74; subscription year – € 47,16.
Cycling was born in Barcelona in 2007 and gaining momentum all. To date, over 30,000 barselontsev – cyclists. The city has about 100 rental stations: any resident or tourist can take a bike, leaving a deposit, and then return to the same or another place. Constantly increasing number of parking spaces.
Portland, United States
Population: ≈ 576 thousand people.
Rental: Alta Bicycle Share (velosheyring will be launched in 2015).
Portland (Oregon) – one of the greenest and cycling cities in the United States.About 9% of locals use bicycles in their daily lives. In the city a huge amount of biking trails (400 km), including mountain bikes. In 2015, the Portland program will be launched velosheyringa. In addition, anyone can take courses cycling.
Population: ≈ 2,2 million people.
Rental: Vélib ‘ .
Prices (mortgage) on the date of hire – € 1,7; subscription for a week – € 8; subscription year – € 29.
Paris – one of the capitals where the acute problem of air pollution car exhaust.Therefore, more and more local residents and visitors to the French capital transplanted bikes. Today in Paris about 1500 free bike parking and more than 100 rental stations (they are conveniently located near the metro and bus stops).
Population: ≈ 506 thousand people.
Rental: Dublinbikes .
Prices (mortgage): the first hour – free; over 1 hour – € 0,5;over 4 hours – € 6,5; rental for 3 days – € 5; subscription year- € 20.
4% of cyclists (in the central regions – 6 – 7%) of the total number of Dubliners – a modest figure compared with cycling cities such as Amsterdam and Copenhagen.But, according to experts, will soon become a real Irish capital cycling paradise.Since 2006 the number of bikes in the city has doubled, and by 2021 the city authorities are planning a fivefold increase in the network of bicycle paths.
Population: ≈ 1,6 million people.
Rental: Bixi .
Prices (mortgage): the first 30 minutes – free of charge;rental for a day – $ 5 (for members); month subscription – $ 31.25 (for members); year subscription – $ 82.5 (for members).
This is the city of the equipped for cyclists Canada. Velomodernizatsiya began here in the 1980s. Since then, the government invested about $ 134 million in the city’s infrastructure to make it convenient for cyclists. Now in Montreal, about 600 km of cycle paths, parking lots and hundreds of rental stations. Montreal residents use the system rental bikes to commute to work in other cases.
Population: ≈ 3,4 million people.
Rent: Call A Bike .
Prices (mortgage): the first 30 minutes – free of charge;every minute (from 31 minutes) – € 0,08; rental per day – € 15.
Development of cycling in Berlin began in the early 2000s. Adopted a state program providing for the construction of infrastructure (paths, parking, rental and repair, etc.) and various incentives for people moving on bicycles. Recently, Berlin introduced “green wave”: now cyclists do not need to stop at a red traffic signal.Measures are successful. About 13% of Berliners (in some district of all 20 – 25%)- are avid cyclists.
Population: ≈ 7,4 million people.
Rental: velosheyringa in Bogota yet (promise to open in 2014).
Bogota – the capital of Colombia, and is perhaps best cycling city in Latin America.There developed an extensive network of bicycle paths – about 300 km. Starting cycling Mayor Enrique Penalosa put that to improve the ecological situation in the city, began to encourage cyclists and beautify the city of vegetation. Each year, held in Bogota Car-Free Day – Ciclovia, when traffic is blocked for cars and bikes on all transplanted. Moreover, the same thing happens every Sunday in the central streets of the city.
Population: ≈ 1,7 million people.
Rental: Bubi .
Prices (mortgage): the first 30 minutes – free of charge;rental for a day – $ 2.3; rental for 3 days – $ 4.5; year subscription – $ 85.
The Hungarian capital is experiencing a real boom in cycling. If two decades ago, the bike is not considered a means of transportation, but rather a means of entertainment (go off somewhere in the country), now in Budapest – one of the most adapted for cycling cities in Europe. By 2011, in Budapest laid 144 km of bike paths, and in 2013 organized a cycling city rental system.
Population: ≈ 21 million people.
Car: Beijing Bike Share .
Prices (mortgage): the first hour – free; each additional hour – $ 0.2.
Beijing is not only the economic and cultural capital of China, but also cycling. The city is only officially over 11 million bikes (bikes under the law, as a machine, you need to register). But the environmental situation in Beijing still leaves much to be desired, so the authorities are actively developing urban cycling. Construction of new trails and parking, open rental.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Population: ≈ 813 thousand people.
Car: Mac Bike , Bike City , Star Bikes and others.
Prices (collateral) for a day rental – € 4,4 (Mac Bike); rental for a day – € 9 (Star Bikes); rental for 4 hours (Bike City) -from € 10 (depending on the bike and the time of year).
Amsterdam – bicycle capital of Europe. More than 40% of the urban traffic -bicycle. There more than 400 km of cycle paths, special signs and traffic lights.The city has many parking lots and rental stations cycling. Rent can not only classics, but also children’s bikes, tandems, and more.
Population: ≈ 171 thousand people.
Rental: SBB .
Prices (collateral) for a day ticket – $ 20; ticket for the year -$ 246.
Basel – quiet and picturesque Swiss town on the banks of the Rhine. What you need for a measured bicycle ride! Especially in Basel have been created for all conditions. The city is only parking for bikes about 1600. All private bicycles registered in law enforcement and insured. But in Basel on a bike ride not only on the job – in the city there is a bike courier service. Especially popular among lovers twist pedals in Basel enjoys a so-called “bridge the three countries’ joining the French and German Yining Weil am Rhein – for cyclists there is a special band.
Population: ≈ 310 thousand people.
Rental: Stromma , Fridhem Sykel , Travelshop and others.
Prices (collateral) for a day rental (Stromma) – $ 26; rental per day (Travelshop) – $ 23.
Malmo – the third largest city of Sweden. However, he is just 19 km from Copenhagen. Perhaps it came out in Malmo fashion for bicycles. The city authorities have invested € 47 million in the development of cycling – the building of paths and parking, as well as the “Days without cars.” About 25% of Malmo daily commute by bicycle. Malmo feature bike paths – each of them has a name. They are called specifically to make it easier to find them on the GPS.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Population: ≈ 6,3 million people.
Car: Bike Rio .
Prices (mortgage): the first hour – free; rental for a day – $ 2.3; month subscription – $ 4.45.
Sunny Rio – very sporty city. Many people run in the morning, surf and ride bicycles. Bicycle paths began to appear along the Copacabana beach before the climate summit in 1992. Since the network is constantly growing (something which, as many beaches in Rio). Particular attention bicycle infrastructure authorities pay in anticipation of two major sporting events that will take this city – the World Cup and Olympic Games.
Population: ≈ 503 thousand people.
Rental: Velo Antwerpen .
Prices (collateral) for a day rental – € 3,6; subscription for a week – € 8; subscription year – € 36.
Antwerp – the second largest and most important city in Belgium. Policies at the local elections in 2006 promised in the coming years to build 100 km of cycling trails. And by 2012, kept his word. Bicycle lanes in Antwerp painted in red that motorists were attentive. To date from half a million inhabitants of Antwerp 16%, more than 80 000 people – cyclists.
Population: ≈ 706 thousand people.
Rental: Ayuntamiento de Sevilla .
Prices (mortgage): the first 30 minutes – free subscription for a week – € 5.
Spanish Seville – one of those cities where cycling is developing intensively. Vote in 2006 on bikes regularly moved only 0.5% of the city, but today that number has already reached 7%. In Seville, as well as in Barcelona, developed network of bike paths, while they are all in good condition. “Horseless” residents and guests can rent a bicycle.
Christchurch, New Zealand
Population: ≈ 341 thousand people.
Rental: Nextbike .
Prices (mortgage): the first 2 hours – free of charge; rental for a day – $ 16; subscription for a week – $ 65; month subscription – $ 163.
Christchurch – the largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, as well as the most cycling in the country. Locals scrupulously follow the health, and therefore gladly transplanted to bicycles. Picturesque nature contributes to prolonged cycling, the more so in this set up the entire infrastructure – even highways equipped lanes for cyclists. But the most surprising – in Christchurch has an outdoor theater for lovers twist pedal. Want to watch a movie? Pedal a stationary bike, otherwise “electricity end.”
Population: ≈ 169 thousand people.
Rental: Clear Channel .
Prices (collateral) for a year subscription – $ 19.
Trondheim – a small Norwegian town, considered the technological capital of the country. In Norway, the bicycle is very common. Trondheim – a clear confirmation.Cycling there arose in the 1990s. Nowadays, in the order of 30 municipal bike rental stations, as well as famous throughout Europe for bicycle lift. It helps residents and visitors to climb the mountain Brubakk with iron horse.
Utrecht, The Netherlands
Population: ≈ 313 thousand people.
Rental: Civitas Mimosa .
Utrecht is located in the heart of the Netherlands and is the largest railway hub in the country and one of the most bike-friendly cities in Europe (third version Copenhagenize). Cyclist – the most respected member of the traffic in Utrecht.Citizens ride bikes to work, to visit, to the movies, for, etc. The benefit of the city’s infrastructure allows.