World’s Best Cities for Cycling

Around the World — By NileGuide Staff on August 16, 2012 at 9:55 am
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We asked…and you answered!

Our Facebook fans and twitter followers definitely have strong opinions when it comes to the world’s best cities for cycling. Here are their top picks, with a couple of the NileGuide team’s favorites to round out the selection.

Be sure to tell us if we missed your favorite.

1. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

This isn’t a surprising pick, as Amsterdam has long held its claim to being one of the world’s best cities for cycling–and for cyclists. In fact, it’s said that there are more bikes than people not only in the city, but in the country.

There’s a bike for practically every kind of rider and lifestyle (bike for a family of four, plus its dog? Sure!), and as a visitor, it’s easy to rent a bike, zip around the city, and find a place to secure your wheels when you want to explore by foot. Just watch out for the locals, who’ve been riding since before their feet could reach the pedals.

Amsterdam bicycle taxi

Bicycle taxi in Amsterdam

Image: MdenHoedt

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  • Jane Graham says:

    You missed out one of the world’s biggest bicycling cities: Copenhagen. Bike paths, bike-friendly, bike tours, bike culture – and, of course, home to the amazing Christiania wooden cargo bikes.

  • Gina Vasquez says:

    HI. You’ve also missed out on Palma de Mallorca which has made great strides in creating a safe
    city for bicycling. Actually the whole island is a cycling paradise among elite cyclists who come from all over Europe to train. Their colorful jerseys are a common site on the interior and mountain roads from October to May.

  • JW says:

    Portland likes to pride itself on being such a bike popular and friendly city, but in reality it’s the idea of bikes that Portlanders like the most. Instead of biking MOST people just put bike friendly bumper stickers on their Subarus and drive everywhere. It’s an image there, but as much of a reality.

  • Lucy says:

    If only Santiago wasn’t so polluted…After riding my bike I always get a headache and a sore throat due to the contamination in the air…Much to do with the cars but also the geography of the city. It’s in a basin surrounded by mountains


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