Cycling through the streets of some cities can feel like an exercise in taking your life into your own hands.
The bike makes sense in cities. With rising urbanisation, cities need modern mobility solutions, and moving around on two wheels proves time and again that it can offer results. Many cities get this. Many don’t. And many more are somewhere in between, wavering on how much to invest, where to invest it, and how, exactly, to make themselves welcoming to cycling and the benefits it brings.
I love riding a bike. It’s seems impossible to be unhappy on a bike as you breeze along world. You go fast enough to see everything in a day, but not so fast you will miss anything.
Walking is usually slow and boring and takes forever to get from one ‘must-see-sight’ to the next. But travelling in a car or on a scooter can be a bit too quick and you end up missing things or not getting a real feel for a place. A bike is the perfect compromise.
So, here is a list of my favourite cities to bike around:
The Seawall runs counter- clockwise around the perimeter of therapy and several roads, trails and paths connect to main points of interest. stunning views of downtown’s skyline, Lions Gate Bridge, English Bay, sandy beach and lush old- growth forest. no wonder its consistently being rated the n1 park in the world. its the longest uninterrupted waterfront path in the world
Douglas squirrels, racoons, river otters, beavers, salamanders, purple sea starts and Pacific Great Blue herons, are just some of the species you will encounter.
In the three-mile radius of downtown Munich, you’ll travel “more quickly and flexibly on a bike than by any other means of transport.” That’s according to the city of Munich, where dedicated lanes, bike traffic signals, and hundreds of miles of marked routes create a new type of urban infrastructure. The city provides detailed bike-route diagrams and cycling maps for visitors in search of sights.
Along Lisbon’s waterfront there are around 20kms of bike lanes on flat terrain,from the City Center towards East to Parque das Nações
and West to the area of Belém. I could ride along this stretch every single day. the view is stunning!
The Swedish capital’s “City Bikes” share system is extremely easy for tourists to utilise, giving you (relatively) cheap access to all the pedal-powered transport you could desire. But the lingonberries on top of your cycling fish cake in Stockholm is the beauty of the city itself, the experience of pedalling its dedicated bike lanes surrounded by Scandinavian charm.
Like Tokyo, the back streets of Kyoto are narrow and quiet – but the difference here is that the scenery once you’re on those back streets is stunning. From ancient shops and markets in the downtown area to the temples and shrines of the Higashiyama district, this is Asia’s best city to see on two wheels. When it’s not raining, that is.
Amsterdam sees a high percentage of commuters—up to 40 percent by some measures—on bikes. Indeed, in a place of about 750,000 people, some reports cite upward of 600,000 bikes coasting past crowded cafés or along the city’s famous canals. In recent years, lower speed limits for cars, new paths and lanes with bike-specific traffic signals, and underground parking garages built for bikes are among the features making pedaling even more advantageous in Amsterdam.
Sure, Paris is a world center for fashion, media, art, and business, but it’s also home to the world’s largest bike-share system. Launched in 2007, the Vélib’ system offers 20,000 bikes that rent for less than $1.50 an hour (and if you pedal for less than a half-hour, the ride is free). Vélib’ checkout stations are almost as ubiquitous as the bikes, with more than 1,000 kiosk-driven stations in total around the metropolis. Locals and tourists alike pedal cobblestoned streets and bike paths en route to local cafés or sights from the Eiffel Tower to the Avenue des Champs-Élysées.