Start pedaling.

Buenos Aires is getting on its saddles. Bicycles are slowly starting to be a real transport alternative in the city of 12,000,000.

The Argentinian capital has since last december a public bike-rent system. Initially, around 100 bikes are available but numbers are supposed to grow up to 500. It’s part of the city’s plan of sustainable mobility. If you have ever sat in a bus in Buenos Aires you will know what it is all about.

Want to know what the most bike-friendly cities are in the world? I do. Virgin Vacations says:

  1. Amsterdam, Netherlands. 40% of all traffic movements by bicycle
  2. Portland, USA. A varied bicycle network that connects all parts of the city
  3. Copenhagen, Denmark. The world’s most successful community bicycle program
  4. Boulder, USA. public programs that help promote safe biking

Further: Davis (USA), Sandnes (Norway), Trondheim (Norway), San Francisco (USA), Berlin (Germany), Barcelona (Spain), Basel (Switzerland). I really wanted to know how they made that list. I looked into it, they have judged Education, Environment, Evaluation & Planning, Encouragement and Engineering. Short: The five Es.

A very nice story on Matador Trips agrees on most of the nominees but throws Paris (?!!), Chicago and Ottawa into the mix. Besides mentiones Beijng, Bogotá, Cape Town and Perth for good initiatives.

Did you realize how there are some overlaps with the greenest cities of the world? Do you know any other bike-friendly or unfriendly cities?

8 thoughts on “Start pedaling.

  1. Also Valencia, Spain has chipped in. Besides implementing many bikeways which connect the whole city, the city Council has established an initiative by which you can get a monthly pass which not only grants you easy and fast access to bike renting, but also allows you to take a bike in one point of the city and leave it in another. This is especially relevant for commuters, tourists and students, which use it daily. More on

  2. When I see bike-friendly place, my country come to my mind immediately! I ride my bike to school for 7 years every day from junior high school to senior high school. haha, the puppy Lot of Chinese people who was born in the 1980s have experienced this happen bicycle time. Bile lanes coer nearly every inch of cities, and small repair shop can be found on nearly every street.
    But with the increase of living standard, people have more tendency to change more American style, such as buying a car, kind of fashion or showcase. Luckily, the traditional way is still popular.
    Although Beijing has its public bike-rent system, I do not think people need this, maybe only tourists, because every family have at least 1 bike.
    Anyways, people ride bikes in China for so long time because of the tradition, instead of green concept. With more and more people try to give up this green transportation, it’s the time for me to do sth, maybe let more people know the green aspect of our traditional legacy.

    • very interesting thought ! It seems like we are living in a crucial moment where old – sustainable – traditions have to be put into new light in order to preserve them and avoid bad new habits from spreading.

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