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Copenhagen is world’s most biker-friendly city

Every two years, the Copenhagenize Design Company, a Danish consultancy firm that specializes in the design of urban spaces, compiles a list of the world’s most bike-friendly cities. Compared to two years ago, the three top ranking cities have remained the same. The usual silver-medalist, Copenhagen, however overtook Amsterdam at feature at the top of the list. Number three was once again Utrecht.

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The Copenhagenization of Copenhagen: The Danish capital is top in the world when it comes to a biker-friendly environments.

As usual, the ranking was dominated by European cities. In 2013, the best urban place for bikers outside Europe was Tokyo at #12, followed by Montreal (#14), Nagoya (#15) and Rio de Janeiro (#16). This year, only three non-European cities made it into the Top 20: The shooting stars were Buenos Aires at #14 and Minneapolis (#18), while Montreal dropped to #20 compared with 2013.

The evaluation of bike-friendliness is based on 13 different criteria, including urban planning, bike culture, traffic calming facilities, safety, policies and bike sharing options.

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