For bike commuters, Copenhagen is still the city to wish you lived in. A new ranking of over 100 global cities puts the famously bike-friendly Danish capital at the top of the 2017 Copenhagenize Index.
The index measures 13 different criteria for each city, from infrastructure like bike lanes, racks, or bike share programs, to the political and cultural climate for cyclists and the percentage of commuters using bikes instead of cars.
1. Copenhagen, Denmark
You`ve probably thought it was going to be Amsterdam again, but surprise, surprise: Copenhagen made it to the first place this year! Over the past few years, Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark has benefited from the multiple investments in a new infrastructure and innovative solutions.
Bicycle rental: Rarely you will find a person living in Copenhagen that does not own a bike. However, due to the big amount of tourists, many bike rental agencies have been opened and are ready to serve you. Copenhagen City Bike, Baisikeli, Velorbis, Christiani Cykler, beCopenhagen are just a part of the agencies that offer bike rental. The price of the rental is great, like for example, Copenhagen City Bike offers a one-hour rental for just $3, and some bikes even have GPS!
2. Amsterdam, Netherlands
The bicycle culture has been accepted by everyone in this city. Amsterdam has been the number one bike-friendly city for a few years. However, the main reason why this city has lost the first place is because of no certain plans for improving the situation by developing and innovating.
Bicycle rental: There are a lot of bike-rental agencies offering city bikes, granny bikes (backpedal brake bikes) and even tandem bikes. You can find over 40 bike-rental organisations in the city!
3. Utrecht, Netherlands
The Dutch people apparently know how to take care of their bicycle culture. On the third place, we can find another city from the Netherlands, which is providing great bike-friendly solutions with its development plan called “Utrecht Attractive and Accessible”.
Bicycle rental: You can find many different types of bikes in the following agencies: Co Van Beek Tweewielers, Fietsenstalling Laag Catharijne, Fietspunt Utrecht, Het Fietspad, Rijwielshop Utrecht C.S. and Ton van den IJssel Tweewielers.
4. Strasbourg, France
The leader of bicycle-friendly cities in France is, without any doubt, Strasbourg. Cycling in this city is accepted to be the quickest way of getting from point A to B.
Bicycle rental: Additional sit for a kid, front basket, a fancy bell, whatever comes to your mind you can find it in the numerous bike-rental agencies in Strasbourg.
5. Eindhoven, Netherlands
Again we come to another Dutch city, taking a spot in the top 5 bike-friendly cities. The Floating Roundabout that was constructed mainly for bicycles has left a unique mark in the innovative improvement of a city`s bicycle infrastructure.
Bicycle rentals: P. Heerings Bicycle Rental, Spokes Bikeshop Eindhoven, Bike Shop Eindhoven and other agencies offer great deals for bike rental.
6- Malmö, Sweden
7- Nantes, France
8- Bordeaux, France
9- Antwerp, Belgium
10- Seville, Spain