The 20 Most Bike-Friendly Cities on the Planet

Come on Canada! We’ve got the best scenery in the world. Oodles of space. It pays to ride a bike. Why is Montreal the only Canadian city in the top 20? Click here to read the full article or an excerpt below.




Investment in bicycle infrastructure is a modern and intelligent move. Plenty of research shows the social, economic, environmental, and health benefits of urban cycling. Studies from Denmark tell us that for every kilometer cycled, society enjoys a net profit of 23 cents, whereas for every kilometer driven by car we suffer a net loss of 16 cents.

Copenhagen’s base score remains largely steady, with one notable exception. The city’s modal share leaped from 36 percent to 45 percent between 2012 and 2014. We’ve never seen that kind of jump in such a short time.

Add to that continued investment in new infrastructure. A bicycle bridge over a motorway north of the city. Two new bridges over the canal opened in December 2014. The famous Cykelslangen (“bike snake”) elevated bike ramp has captured the citizens’ imagination and provided an important mobility link across the harbor. Four new bicycle bridges are on the way. Cross-town routes are being upgraded.


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