Insurance tech firm Coya has crunched the numbers to come up with a worldwide ranking of the best cities for cycling.
The Bicycle Cities Index is compiled based on a range of stats, which includes:
- Bicycle theft rates.
- Numbers of cyclist fatalities and accidents.
- Investment in infrastructure like specialised bicycle lanes.
- Percentage of bicycle usage.
- Figures on the sharing economy, like the number of bicycle rental stations and rental bikes available.
- City cycling-friendly events like ‘No Car Day’ and ‘Critical Mass’
With its excellent cycling infrastructure, it’s not really a surprise that the Netherlands comes out strongly, with Utrecht coming out on top. Coya points out that high bicycle usage correlates with a higher overall ranking. It’s followed by Munster in Germany, then Antwerp in Belgium, Copenhagen and Amsterdam.
Commenting on the findings, Andrew Shaw, Founder of Coya, says: “The fact that the top three cities are in northern Europe reflects the notion that cycling is a way of life in those countries, which has clearly had an impact on the amount of money they’ve invested in it.
There are some other interesting stats to emerge from the study.
If you’re worried about your bike being nicked, then try moving to Singapore or Seoul. At the other end of the theft scale is Johannesburg, which also gets the lowest ranking for number of cycling fatalities. Germany is the safest country to cycle in, with seven cities in the top ten.
And good weather does not correlate with cycle usage: Coya reckons that Los Angeles has the best weather for cycling, followed by Casablanca and San Francisco, but they come in 56th, 42nd and 39th respectively.
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Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.
He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.
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