Top 10 Cycling Friendly Cities 2017


– [Narrator] What’s it like to cycle in the city where you live? Well, the Copenhagenize Design Company, who specialise in advising
town planners on urban cycling have ranked 136 worldwide cities based on 14 different criteria, including such things as
cycling infrastructure, culture, and perceptions of safety. Here we present to you the leaders in cycling friendliness
starting with number 10. A healthy average of 13% of Berliners use their bikes to get around. By the sounds of things, they’re making their
voices heard in the city. Berlin’s cycling referendum is active in lobbying the city council to improve conditions further for cycling. It’s great to see the world’s largest and most densely populated urban area make a return to the index. It’s estimated that
around 4 million commuters use their bike to get to
the train station every day. And this is reflected in
the incredible bike parking facilities available in the city. The challenge for Tokyo is
integrating more cycling specific infrastructure in the
busy metropolitan areas. Making solid progress of
the rankings is Ljubjana, whose government is keen
to lay the foundations for a solid bicycle network. With cycling gaining recognition
in the planning process of new infrastructure,
the network is in place for an influx of cyclists
taking to the streets. The Copenhagenize Index still thinks there are a few too many cars in Ljubjana. But an increase in the cycling motor share should bump it up further in the rankings. An expanding bike share
system improves cycle parking at railway stations and three new bicycle and pedestrian bridges
have all contributed to Antwerp gaining a couple
of places since 2015. The Index suggests a clear
political vision is required to boost their position further. Meanwhile in Bordeaux,
there is plenty of drive to improve conditions for cyclists. The city council has outlined
a three year plan as well as marking 17 million euros
specifically for cyclists. It’s hope that there is
clear and concerted effort to revise existing
infrastructure will increase the mobile share from eight percent to a target of 15% by 2020. Setting an example to the
largest Scandinavian cities is Malmo, property
developers have been inspired by the strong focus on
cycling in the city, with entire apartment
complexes being built with modern bike storage at
the forefront of its design. Further developments, such
as plans to draw cargo bikes as refuse collection
vehicles is a key indicator that Malmo is keen on continuing to drive down the amount
of car traffic in the city. Strasbourg continues to be the leader in terms of cycling
friendliness in France. 16% of its population use
their bike to get around. The Velhop Bike Hire
System has proved popular, not just for tourists, but as
a feasible long-term option due to the very reasonable
price structure. The Copenhagenize Index looks
favourably on the increasing amount of cargo bikes in the
city and plans to integrate a cycle super highway in the near future. Recognised for many years as
the blue print for cycling friendly cities, this years
Index is seeing Amsterdam slide to third place, making way to cities that are developing faster. However, the bicycle
culture in the Netherlands is so heavily ingrained, that
despite the perceived lack of massive infrastructural changes in the last couple of years, its still a wonderful city
to get around on by bike. Edging ahead of Amsterdam,
is the best cycling city in the Netherlands, is Utrecht. We’re looking to
capitalise on the momentum and the hard work they’ve
put in over the last decade. We’ve seen some real
innovation in bicycle urbanism. This bridge, The Dafne Schippersbrug, being built over the top of a school. If you remember, we’ve also mentioned their flow system in a previous GTN show. It’s a pretty nifty
system to help cyclists negotiate traffic lights
more safely and efficiently. The reigning champion in
the cycling friendly cities is Copenhagen, with some 130 million euros of investment over the past 10 years. There is plenty of work being
done to support the 62$% of Copenhageners who use
their bikes to get around. In just a couple of years, there
have been eight new bridges built specifically for
non-motorized transport. And new lanes and super
highways have been added. In fact, it’s not becoming
a bit of a struggle for town planners to keep
up with the sheer volume of cyclists in the city. Now it’s over to you guys,
we want to know about your experiences with cycling in the towns and cities near you. Do you think your area deserved an honourable mention in this list? Let us know in the comments down below. Meanwhile, for a video about what makes the perfect cycling city, click here. And on the flip side, we also take a look at the nine worst bike lanes in the world in a video just here.