Janette Sadik-Kahn, Commissioner, NYC DOT
Last year the City of Vancouver expanded cycling routes through downtown. I'm not a biker myself, but have to admit, it has made walking through downtown a little more pleasant. And watching drivers inching through the newly separated lanes downtown certainly makes me more eager to take transit than drive.
So it got me thinking: If a good cycling network is a hallmark of a more sustainable city, where does my hometown stack up? Not even on the radar! Several destinations rank highly for bike-friendly infrastructure:
Graphic via: Motorcycle Insurance
Using data from Bicycling Magazine based on criteria put forward by the League of American Bicyclists
Some information about these destinations c/o Matador Trips:
- Amsterdam: 40% of city traffic moves on two wheels.
- Berlin: 400,000 people bike instead of drive.
- Copenhagen: 30% of the workforce bikes to work.
- Portland, Oregon: 260 miles of bike paths and a 9% bike-commuter rate make this city the bike-capital of the USA.
And don't think biking is important? Think again... With the EU aiming for car-free cities by 2050 bikes and transit are emerging as even more important people-movers.