The bicycle is transport of the future. A bike is ecological: it does not need fuel, does not pollute the air, and does not cause traffic jams. Also, riding a bike is good for your health. When you ride, you improve your musculature as well as your respiratory and cardiovascular systems, and increase your endurance. Many countries now see the benefits of bicycles and try to develop their cycling infrastructures. We will tell you about the best countries for bike lovers!
Amsterdam can be called the bicycle capital of Europe. There are more than 400 kilometers of bicycle paths equipped with individual signs and traffic lights. There are a significant number of parking lots and bicycle rental stations in the city. Today, half of all urban movements in the capital of the Netherlands are carried out using a bike. In this country, you can rent something very unusual: a water bike and a bicycle for eight people.
Thirty-five percent of the total city population goes to work on bicycles. This is a separate transport category that has equal rights with cars. The tradition of using bicycles started in the early 1900s and lasted through the entire twentieth century.
In Copenhagen, there are 300 kilometers of bike paths and 1,000 municipal bicycles, which are free for citizens. Each street in Copenhagen has its own bike path. Anyone can rent a bike for free; you just need to pay a deposit, which will be returned to you when you give the bicycle back. In some parts of the city, a bicycle is the only permitted vehicle.
Tokyo is an enormous metropolis with a developed transportation network, including for bicycles. It’s much faster to commute by bike – there are no traffic jams. Do not be surprised if you see a business person in an expensive suit, carrying a briefcase and riding a bicycle. It is quite usual for Tokyo.
All bicycles are registered and have unique numbers, just like cars. The owner’s name is written on the frame.