10 Bike-friendly Cities Every Adventurer Will Love

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City Biking Photo
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Photograph Along the 100-mile Loop that rings Tucson, Arizona
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Tucson, Arizona

Tucson boasts more than 1,000 miles of paved bike paths and lanes according to Pima Association of Government. The "Infamous Loop" is the name of the 100-mile trail system circling the city. Every Saturday, hundreds of cyclists meet for the city's Shootout ride where participants pedal the 27 miles up Mount Lemmon. 

 

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Biking in Vienna, Austria
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Vienna, Austria

According to the City of Vienna, the growing metropolis has the lowest car ownership in the country, making for a relatively traffic-calm city. This, paired with the successful cargo bike-sharing program makes biking around this city a breeze. Experience how passionate Vienna is about bicycling by attending the Argus Bike Festival held annually in April.  

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Biking the city streets if Copenhagen Denmark.
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Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen was elected the first Bike City. This comes as no surprise in a city boasting almost 250 miles of bike lanes, many of which separate bike and car traffic via a curb system, as illustrated on the Cycling Embassy of Denmark. Copenhagen is also home to Scandinavia's largest bike event, Copenhagen Bike Show. The event attracts every kind of biker, from urban riders to mountain bikers, with exhibition zones offering the latest bicycle products to practical urban biking accessories. 

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FIlm by Bike Film Festival
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Portland, Oregon

For years, Portland has been recognized by Bicycling magazine as the No. 1 bike-friendly city in America. It's also a "platinum" bicycle-friendly community according to the League of American Bicyclists and the Portland Bureau of Transportation. The city has a successful bike-rental program to help navigate the city. To celebrate bike culture in Portland, visit during Filmed by Bike. The two-day spring festival shows screenings of bike-themed short films from around the globe.

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Roaming the Tokyo streets by bicycle
Courtesy Tokyo Great Cycling Tour
Tokyo

In Tokyo locals pedal on the sidewalk, ding bells at pedestrians to politely signal "watch out" and neglect to lock up their bicycles (guide books such as the Japan Cycling Handbook advise against many of these practices). Just as laid-back as the bicycle etiquette is The Japanese Odyssey. The cycling adventure begins in Tokyo and trails deep into the forest of Honshu. Participants have 10 days to cross 12 checkpoints and are encouraged to remember the cycling event is a test of endurance, not a race.

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Biking around Montreal, Canada
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Montréal, Canada

Montréal, Canada, represent more than 400 miles of bike paths and the city plans to continue expanding as outlined in Montréal’s Cycling Master Plan. Locals and visitors alike can cruise around the city thanks to Montréal's large bike-sharing program, BIXI. Checkout the popular féria du vélo de Montréal (Montréal Bike Fest), an annual festival held since 1999. During the event thousands of cyclists flood the city in celebration of summer.

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Biking in Amsterdam
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Amsterdam

A city as flat and temperate as Amsterdam cannot go without mentioning in this list. Nearly half of the city's population make daily commutes across the near 450 miles of bike paths and cycle lanes. From locals pedaling along the city streets dropping their children off at school, to tourists cruising the city on a guided tour, it's a city built for biking culture.

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Biking up and down Colorado
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Boulder, Colorado

It comes as no surprise that the mild temperatures and scenic views in Boulder, Colorado, make it a bike-friendly city. According to Boulder Colorado USA, the city is home to 200 miles of public bike paths ranging from soft-surface to paved; it's impressive for a city that is just shy of 30 square miles. Mountain bike lovers unite at the Boulder Mountainbike Festival each year. 

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The Great Spring Bicyle Parade
©Bertalan Soós/Hungarian Cyclists' Club
Budapest, Hungary

The draw that Budapest, Hungary, has over any other city is its diverse terrain. Buda offers hilly terrain while Pest—the other half of the capital, just across the Danube River—offers flat city streets. There are a little more than 100 miles of bike paths that take visitors and locals across beautiful parks and around bustling city streets. For extra adventure, take the Danube Bike Path all the way to Germany. Or perhaps attend The Great Spring Bicycle Parade each year on April 22. The parade is aimed at promoting urban cycling and highlighting the need for bike-related infrastructure the city lacks. 

 

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Strasbourg, France
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Strasbourg, France

Strasbourg, France, can be considered a relatively low traffic city with many of its streets closed to cars. Because of this, many residents choose to travel by bike so bicycle security is top-notch, with video-surveillance hovering over many bike parking stations, according to Anglo Info. Not to mention the highly successful Vélhop which offers bike-sharing options.  

 

By Savanna Syms on 04/06/2018

Cruising a city by bicycle is not only great exercise, it's a way to give locals and tourists a unique view of that city. There's a bike-friendly destination waiting, whether it's a thrilling ride through crowded Tokyo streets or a calm cruise around Vienna. So pump your tires, strap on that helmet and start pedaling the bike-friendly city that's perfect for you.