Cycling Industry News)
Negotiating the urban jungle can be a rough or smooth ride depending on where you reside. This guide takes you through 10 cities that are leading the way when it comes to implementing successful, cycling infrastructure.
Some are well-known and have been at the top of the cycling modal share game for years, yet other lesser known cities have gained a place on this list as their city’s brilliance has surpassed what can be offered in their respective capitals. From bike-hire schemes to miles of designated cycle paths – these cities are pioneering cycling in fresh and exciting ways.
However, the UK is lagging behind when it comes to optimising current transport infrastructure for cyclists, so what can we learn from these flagship cities?
Copenhagen is widely known as the cycling capital of the world, so it’s no surprise that in December of 2016, there were 13,100 more bikes than cars in the city for the first time ever – taking the bike population to 265,700!
In addition to this there is Bycyklen, Copenhagen’s bicycle sharing system. As part of the bike-share there is either a pay-as-you or prepaid subscriptions of either 600 or 1,200 minutes with up to five simultaneous users on each account – designed to suit residents and tourists alike.
In total, £115 million has been invested in cycling infrastructure, which includes bike and pedestrian only bridges, 28 bicycle superhighway routes from the suburbs to the city centre and over 1,000 km of separated cycle tracks, as well as a couple of hundred kilometres of bike lanes.
Like most Dutch cities, Nijmegen is well adapted to its high number of cyclists and was chosen as ‘Fietsstad’ (Cycling City of the Netherlands) in 2016.
The region boasts a network of high quality fast cycle routes that connect major destinations in the city and extends to towns around it, there is even a route that takes you all the way to the next city Arnhem, which is 9 miles long. They also offer grade separated crossings to reduce traffic disruption.
This city has long been the premier cycling city in France. They have implemented 536 km of cycle routes as well as arguably the largest, most widespread bike sharing system, ‘Vélhop’. This cycling system enables you to get short-term rentals starting from €1 or long-term rentals starting from around €5 . Bikes can further be customised with baskets and child seats.
To read more on cities around the globe making sustained progress in enticing people to cycle, check in with CIN’s own series.