These 10 cities have included bicycles at the core of urban planning

As the awareness of ecology spreads, bicycles as a means of transport are becoming more and more present and these cities have already ensured that their movement flows unhindered.

Architecture and urbanism play a significant role in promoting the use of bicycles. Cities equipped with adequate bicycle paths, parking lots and public garages, encourage citizens to refrain from using cars and to opt for a much more sustainable means of transportation. Bicycles have come to us since ancient times, but they are also a means of transportation for the future.

These 10 world cities they have included bicycles at the core of urban planning making them more sustainable, healthier and more environmentally friendly.

Cycling through the Trees / Burolandschap, foto: Visit Limburg

10. Copenhagen, Danish

Copenhagen is considered one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world and around 62% of its citizens use bicycles on a daily basis as the primary means of transport.

This city is constantly investing in cycling infrastructure and adapting the urban plan to make it as adequate as possible for cyclists. They stand out among the extensive cycling infrastructure four bicycle bridges, and several more are in the planning and construction phase.

Karen Blixens Plads Public Square / Cobe, photo: Rasmus Hjortshøj – COAST

9. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam, which is also considered one of the most pleasant cities for cyclists, in 2019 presented a new urban plan for 2022, which is focused on improving bicycle parking lots and the existing cycling infrastructure.

The city is creating new so-called “royal routes“That can accommodate more bikes, given that thousands of new people move to the city every year. They are also working to increase the number of low-speed streets and redesign major intersections to ensure cyclist safety.

Lex van Delden Bridge/Dok Architecten, photo: Arjen Schmitz

8. Utrecht, The Netherlands

Like many other Dutch cities, Utrecht boasts a highly developed cycling infrastructure, and their plan is to double the amount of cycling by 2030.

This turn to bicycles was created in response to the high costs that cars created, which encouraged citizens to opt for bicycles in increasing numbers. Back in 2017, Utrecht opened the largest bicycle parking lot in the world 22,000 parking spaces in five zones in order to enable the most efficient movement, ie entry and exit. Also, through the digital system, parking users can easily find their parking space.

City of Utrecht Opens Largest Bicycle Parking Lot In The World, foto: CU2030.nl

7. Berlin, Germany

Berlin is at the top of the European list of cities suitable for bicycles. Currently, this city is implementing a new plan bicycle “highways” which promote bicycles as an efficient means of transportation.

By order of the Berlin Department of Environment, Transport and Climate Protection, 30 bicycle paths were explored throughout the city, of which 12 received approval to be completely separated from other vehicles on the road. The initiative aimed at the safety of cyclists on the road, appeared due to the aspiration to increase the number of bicycles to 2.4 million by 2025.

Foto: Andreas Levers

6. Bogota, Colombia

In cities like Bogota, which is in the TOP3 city in the world with the highest traffic congestion, promoting the use of bicycles instead of cars was one of the key solutions to reduce traffic congestion.

Although the city is not yet fully adapted to bicycles, several solutions have been successfully implemented in the urban plan to encourage the use of bicycles. However, by encouraging the use of bicycles, it is necessary additionally work on the safety of citizens and offer them solutions that will ensure their safety.

Foto: Municipality of Bogota

4. Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg has always been considered the first cycling city in France because the bicycle network went beyond the centralized one. A few years ago, the city implemented a new cycling strategy that encourages new riders to decide to ride bicycles instead of cars. They implemented this through the renovation of the existing network, as well as the expansion of the Velostras bicycle route, as well as the consideration of the use of cargo bicycles.

Strawinskylaan Bicycle Parking / wUrck, photo: Jan de Vries

4. Antwerp, Belgium

This city has well-organized independent bike paths, parking lots and “ride-sharing” programs, and on most of its streets within the city reduced the speed limit to 30 km / h.

Antwerp is also working to expand its network of bicycle “highways” with routes without the presence of cars leading to tourist destinations in the region.

Foto: Copenhagenize Design Company

3. Barcelona, ​​Spain

Over the last few years, the Catalan capital has become prominent in investing in urban cycling bicycle sharing programs, which is considered the best in the world.

Barcelona has also reduced speed inside the city to 30 km / h and added a number of new bike paths, making cyclists safer in traffic and encouraging other citizens to reduce or eliminate their movement by car or bus.

Foto: Copenhagenize Design Company

2. Malmo, Sweden

Malmo can boast of more than 500 secured bike paths, which is the highest among Swedish cities. To promote the use of bicycles, the city ran campaigns such as “No Funny Car Travels”, which aimed to persuade citizens to reduce car use.

The city has also introduced new technologies into the urban system, like a crossroads with sensors, which warn car drivers when cyclists approach.

The South Entrance / Tengbom, foot: Felix Gerlach

1. Montreal, Canada

Although European cities often lead in the ranking of cities that are most adapted to bicycles, there is also Montreal, which also takes a leading role in this field when it comes to global proportions.

In recent years, the city has invested in improving its cycling infrastructure by adding 600 kilometers of bike paths along the road network. Montreal also hosts a cycling festival that allows cyclists to tour this city on two wheels.

Photo: Marc Bruxelle/Dreamstime

Source: archdaily

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