Cycling around a colourful and vibrant city that is just bustling with sights, sounds and smells is truly one of life’s greatest pleasures. If you’re someone who loves travelling and the outdoors, cycling is one of the best and most cost efficient ways of getting around town. It’s also a fantastic way to avoid missing out on sights and attractions that you would otherwise accidentally neglect when travelling via car, bus or train. Below, we take a look at the world’s top 10 cities that you just have to see by bike.
Did you know that Copenhagen is possibly one of the most bike-crazy cities in the world? With over 90% of its population owning a bike and over one-quarter of its inhabitants choosing to travel short distances by pedal, Copenhagen is truly a Mecca for anyone who loves their bicycle. Whizz through its giant network of bike paths and its impressive Cycle Super Highway, which joins over 25 municipalities and the capital, for the ultimate biking adventure in a foreign land.
Munich is one of those places where it just makes more sense to travel on your bike. Many locals choose the bicycle as their mode of transport due to high levels of city traffic and congested trains that end up taking longer for you to reach your destination. Thankfully, Munich has been set up perfectly for cyclists, with bike traffic signals, dedicated bike lanes and over 700 miles of marked routes for you to enjoy.
Adelaide is home to some of Australia’s most enthusiastic cyclists, and for good reason. This city in South Australia is peppered with copious bicycle lanes and has a great riding climate. It’s surrounded by nearby hills but also offers flat terrain, which is a cyclist’s dream come true. The cycling community is growing by the day in Adelaide, so don’t hesitate to reach out and get in touch with other avid cyclists who will be able to show you around the city’s numerous hotspots.
Another contender from Australia is the glorious city of Melbourne. In fact, the Lord Mayor of Melbourne himself declared his plans for Melbourne to become a ‘true cycling city’. The city’s cycling culture is all about embracing old-school wicker baskets, vintage bikes and group meet-ups among avid cyclists who may or may not enjoy a cheeky tipple after a hard day of cycling.
If you’ve been thinking of heading west to the grand land of Canada, Montreal has to be on your list of places to visit if you’re a bike enthusiast. This beautiful city boasts over 700 km of bike paths and a plethora of bike rentals that make exploring the city much easier, especially if you’re not travelling with your own bike. Don’t forget to fuel your ride with a bagel from the iconic Fairmount Bagel and you definitely don’t want to miss out on the Parc du Mont-Royal either!
If you’re taking a trip to the balmy regions of Southeast Asia, Bangkok is the perfect spot not just for cycling, but for a fun time shopping in one of its numerous mega malls and relaxing on the beach in the evenings. Bangkok has been one of the most popular biking destinations in Asia over the past couple of years, with foreigners from all over the world flocking to enjoy its tropical bliss. Don’t forget to hop on the Bangkok Sunset Ride as well as the ‘Colors of Bangkok’ train, which is a 4-h tour through the Bangkok Metropolis.
Similar to nearby Copenhagen, Amsterdam is one of the world’s leading bike-friendly cities. In fact, it might be the case that there are more bicycles than there are people in Amsterdam. For as little as $6 per hour, you can rent a bike to pedal through the windmill-dashed landscapes that inspired Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn’s paintings and whizz through the historic village of Ouderkerk aan de Amstel.
The city of love has to be included on this list. Although biking probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Paris, it’s a fantastic option for anyone who’s looking to sight-see in limited time. Head towards the Eiffel Tower along the Seine River then pedal across a bridge and you’ll end up at the Champs-Élysées. In fact, the city bike system is one of the best ways to bypass traffic and packed trains, which is why so many people would rather rent a bike than hop on to congested public transport to explore this wonderful city.
Tokyo, home to over 10 million people, is probably one of the world’s largest tourist destinations. With its bright lights that are often referred to as Asia’s Times Square, you’ll find that most people travel via train rather than bike. While travelling by train may be incredibly efficient, it is also the best way to miss out on all the city has to offer, which is why cycling is always recommended. Hop on a rented bike and cruise through the city’s quiet streets, stopping every now and again to fuel your ride with delicious Tokyo street food items such as Yakitori, Takoyaki and Kasutera.
10. LOS ANGELES
Most people think that the only way to get around in Los Angeles is to drive, but who has the time to spend hours in traffic? With biking infrastructure that has massively improved over the past decade, Los Angeles is now the perfect place for anyone who wants to explore a quirky city while enjoying some sunshine and taking in the numerous sights and sounds of the ‘City of Angels‘. In fact, you could even bike all the way to the famous Hollywood sign for the obligatory LA selfie.