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.
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.