Ranking the World's Most Bike-Friendly Cities

The Copenhagen-based urban planning consultancy Copenhagenize Design Co. has released the follow-up to its 2011 rankings of the world's most bike-friendly cities. Only one city in North America cracked the top 20.

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April 29, 2013, 12:00 PM PDT

By Jonathan Nettler @nettsj


Bicycle traffic light in Berlin

Copenhagenize Design Co. / Copenhagenize

"The renaissance of the bicycle continues unabated around the world as cities once again realise the value of having high levels of human-powered traffic," says a press release accompanying the release of Copenhagenize's updated ranking of the world's top biking cities. In seeking to recognize those at the vanguard of this renaissance, 150 cities were judged on 13 parameters with "bonus points" awarded for "particularly impressive efforts or results."   

Amsterdam and Copenhagen remain the top cities on this year's list, but the expansion of the scope of evaluation from 80 to 150 cities contributed to a number of new cities appearing on the list, including: Utrecht, Seville, Bourdeaux, Nantes, Antwerp, Eindhoven, Malmo, and Nagoya. Only four cities in the top 20 are located outside of Europe, with Montreal being the only North American city to be recognized. 

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