When it comes to bike-friendly cities, the Danes are hard to beat. In Copenhagen bikes now outnumber cars 5 to 1, investment in bike-friendly infrastructure is high, and the city’s bike modal share (the percentage of people choosing to cycle for transport) continues to rise.
Since 2011, Copenhagenize Design Company has taken on the task of comparing how bike-friendly different cities are, measuring their attitudes and actions on a biennial city index. Last year’s index ranked 150 cities around the world, with Copenhagen taking out top spot, followed by Dutch cities Amsterdam and Utrecht.
To rank the cities, a few factors are considered: top-notch bike facilities, a strong commitment to advocacy, social acceptance and a perception of cycling as safe.
Here are a handful of cities taking the top spots.