What are the ten most bike-friendly cities in the world?

An endless view of bicycles, which extends for 21,370 square meters. Outside Utrecht’s central train station in The Netherlands, tourists are left speechless when they discover the largest bike park in the world, capable of accommodating up to 12,500 bicycles.

This is just one of the curiosities that make Utrecht a paradise for two-wheelers: in this city, you can also cycle in the Centrale Bibliotheek, a library with bike stations that act as battery chargers.

But there’s more. According to the Global Bicycle Cities Index 2022, a survey promoted by the French insurance company Luko, Utrecht is the most bike-friendly city on the planet. The research involved 90 urban centres, classified according to the degree of commitment to improving road conditions for bicycles and encouraging their use as zero-emission, health-promoting and eco-friendly tools.

The Touring e-bike, by Terravision Electric, is perfect for visiting the town: thanks to its assisted pedaling, Shimano gearbox and adjustable handlebars, you can easily move around the Science Park, which hosts over 130 multinationals, two universities and prestigious research institutes, to the Central Museum located in a medieval cloister in the historic center.

Germany holds three places in the ranking of bike-friendly cities with Hanover (tenth), Bremen (ninth) and Münster (second), a hidden pearl in North Rhine-Westphalia, where more than 39% of the inhabitants (almost 350,000 in total) travel by bicycle.

In third place is Antwerp, a beautiful Belgian city and one of the largest sea and river ports in Europe, offering cyclists a twelve-kilometer tour through many main attractions.

Copenhagen, the Danish capital, follows in fourth place, offering maximum safety for cyclists and bicycles. Malmö (sixth place) puts Sweden on the list, where the first gift given to every child is traditionally a bicycle.

The Chinese city of Hangzhou (seventh place), the only non-European city; and Bern (eighth place), the capital of Switzerland, with its 59-kilometer-long itinerary dedicated to electric bikes.

  1. Utrecht, The Netherlands
  2. Münster, Germany
  3. Antwerp, Belgium
  4. Copenhagen, Denmark
  5. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  6. Malmo, Sweden
  7. Hangzhou, China
  8. Bern, Switzerland
  9. Bremen, Germany
  10. Hanover, Germany

The Utrecht image credit is: Manuel Castaneda


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