Safety indicators: those cities that conduct communication, such as helmet use, safe streets without vehicles.
Image of the bicycle: higher scores if the bicycle becomes a respected, accepted and normal means of transport, where children go to school by bicycle.
Cargo bikes:Freight transport also plays an important role and a way to create a new economy and urban landscape.
Ambition parameters: considering different variables such as bike promotions with contribution campaigns; policy aimed at the use of bicycles; bicycle use campaigns and good urban planning in which planners think about the bicycle with innovative ideas.
In cities like Copenhagen, there is a dedicated cycling infrastructure planning office and their recommendations are taken very seriously.
“Copenhaguenize“ is the main European study conducting urban studies focusing on the bicycle, making comparisonsin the above parameters. A luxury for data and urban cycling enthusiasts.
And which city won that award in 2019?
According to their research, Copenhagen got a score of 90.2%, followed by the cities of Amsterdam with 89.3% and Utrecht with 88.4%.
According to “Copenhaguenize“, the first Spanish city, Barcelona, is in thirteenth place in the ranking. View the ranking of the best cycling cities of 2019 here.
In the evolution of the ranking, we see how Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Utrecht are crowned as the most important Cycling Friendly cities of the past 10 years.
But will 2020 be a different year?
The pandemic that the world is suffering has made bicycles the means of transport with the highest increase in many European cities and the world. Therefore the ranking results may change in favour of cities such as Barcelona, Paris, London, Berlin or Valencia.