Bicycle has to be the best eco friendly, healthy and cheap vehicle till now. There are number of cities which are recognized as bicycle friendly cities, here are few of them.
Beijing is the capital of the People’s Republic of China. The city is recognized as the political, educational, and cultural centre of China. Cycling is very popular in the city that hosted the summer Olympics in 2008. During the 2008 Olympic Games cycling was ideal way to get around in Beijing. New cycle paths were constructed before the Games to accommodate cyclists and it became popular thereafter.
Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain. It is recognized as a Global City due to its importance in finance, commerce, media, entertainment, arts, international trade, education and tourism. On 22 March 2007, Barcelona’s City Council started the Bicing (a community bicycle program) service. Once the user has their user card, they can take a bicycle from any of the 100 stations spread around the city and use it anywhere the urban area of the city, and then leave it at another station.
Bogota is the capital city of Colombia. In terms of land area, Bogota is the largest city in Colombia. Despite the city’s chronic congestion, the city is regarded as one if the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world. The ciclorruta (Bogota’s bike paths network) is one of the most extensive dedicated bike path networks of any city in the world. Since its construction, bicycle use has quintupled in the city, and it is estimated that there are between 300,000 and 400,000 trips made daily in the city.
Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark. It is a bicycle-friendly city and 36% of all citizens commute to work, school or university by bicycle. The city’s bicycle paths are extensive and well used. Bicycle paths are often separated from the main traffic lanes and sometimes have their own signal systems. The municipality is also developing a system of interconnected green bicycle routes, greenways, the aim being to facilitate fast, safe, and pleasant bicycle transport from one end of the city to the other.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Amsterdam is the capital and largest city of the Netherlands. The city is considered one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world and is a centre of bicycle culture with good facilities for cyclists such as bike paths and bike racks. Bicycles are used by all socio-economic groups because of their convenience, Amsterdam’s small size, the large number of bike paths, the flat terrain, and the arguable inconvenience of driving an automobile. In the city centre, driving a car is discouraged.