Over time, metropolitan areas in main cities world wide have tailored their strategy to city mobility to create sustainable strategies of transport – and the bicycle continues to shine as probably the most environment friendly, sensible, and dependable answer.
Consequently, many cities, together with all main cities in South Africa, are taking notice and are constructing much more infrastructure and increasing amenities to accommodate the bicycle as an on a regular basis mode of transportation.
When travelling, biking stays an affordable, environment friendly and sustainable technique to discover new cities. With that in thoughts and in celebration of World Bicycle Day on 3 June, right here are excellent to be explored by bike.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Netherlands is a rustic has engraved biking into its tradition. Utrecht topped the 2022 World Bicycle Index’s checklist of most bike-friendly cities world wide and its capital Amsterdam has made it simpler than ever for vacationers to discover town by bike.
Geographically, The Netherlands is a comparatively flat nation and boasts a few of Europe’s greatest bike lane techniques and with a wholesome quantity of bicycle parking heaps across the nation, touring by bike has by no means been simpler. Vondelpark, town’s largest park, is a good vacation spot to go to – particularly in summer season when locals flock to the park to take pleasure in a picnic or some train surrounded by the attractive greenery and lakes.
Different must-visit areas together with the attractive Rijksmuseum, 9 streets, now a UNESCO World Heritage website, and the quirky Diamond District (De Pijp) can simply be visited by bike.
Yearly, the World Bicycle Index ranks Copenhagen as one of many main bike-friendly locations on the earth. The index estimates that Copenhageners cycle an estimated 1.44 million kilometres every day and that 49% of all journeys to work or faculty in Copenhagen are by bike. So, naturally, town is made to be explored by bicycle.
Copenhagen’s iconic cycle bridge, The Bicycle Snake, is a should for anybody exploring town by bike. This architectural masterpiece, which opened in 2014, simply connects cyclists between the well-known Fisketorvet Purchasing Mall and different buildings down in the direction of the harbour. That is one in every of many car-free bridges across the metropolis connecting cyclists to town and offering essential assembly factors.
Strasbourg has lengthy been acknowledged as France’s premier bicycle metropolis – and for good motive. The town has a powerful community of over 560km of biking trails, making it extremely straightforward to discover town by bike. Actually, biking is such an essential a part of town’s DNA that it
hosts an annual competition referred to as ‘la Fête du Vélo’ which celebrates the mode of transport each summer season.
For travellers, biking has develop into a most popular technique of transport as a big a part of the outdated metropolis centre is a car-free zone. Because of this vacationers can cycle or stroll with none hazard throughout sightseeing. Vacationer points of interest like Petite France, European Parliament, German quarter, and lots of the cities’ parks will also be reached by the bicycle community.
The Belgian metropolis of Antwerp additionally ranks excessive on the World Bicycle Index’s checklist of most bike-friendly cities world wide – and for good motive. Antwerp has a city-wide bike-sharing system and about 4000 biking routes, making it one of many largest networks on the earth.
A good portion of the inhabitants makes use of bicycles as their major mode of transportation and with over 200 kilometres of motorbike paths and well-maintained bike lanes on most important roads, biking is a good way to discover the attractive Belgian metropolis. This implies hotspots just like the Cathedral of Our Girl, the Grote Markt, Rubens’ Home and the Museum aan de Stroom are all simply accessible by bike.
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