The bike boom of the last decade is the result of the rising urbanization in big cities and those same cities urban planning goals to shift the populace interest to going mobile on two wheels.
The shift has many benefits. Research shows the social, economic, environmental and health benefits of urban cycling.
Below are cities on every continent that take this bicycle thing very seriously.
Buenos Aires (South America)
Meet the new poster child for bicycle urbanism. It has shown that with the right political will and investment, a large city can transform itself for the new millennium.
The VCub bike-share system in Bordeaux focuses on marketing cycling to the mainstream as opposed to the subcultures through effective advocacy. And they are making clear headway.
Minneapolis (North America)
Minneapolis is the first American city to feature urban cycling in a major way. The city boasts a 120 mile bicycle run it calls “on-street bikeways” and 90 miles of off-street lanes.
Beijing, China (Asia)
Debatable? Sure. But I wouldn’t call the city with probably the most bicycles of any in the world to be bike unfriendly.
With more than 700 km of bike routes and plenty to see along them, Australia’s fourth largest city takes our recommendation for best riders, down under.
The North Pole (Antarctica)
Ok, there are no BikeMe programs here but cycling is a thing in the Antarctic. Actually it’s an adventure.
The journey starts in Punta, Chile and from there you’ll fly into the Antarctic base camp. After a two day acclimation period and with a Polar expert as your guide, and perched atop a custom fat-tire bike- stylish in your own Canada Goose down jacket, you’ll embark on a 7-day bicycle adventure to the South Pole. The tour, called The Last Degree, includes all meals, tents, stoves and fuel for the bargain price of $75,000.