Top 20 Cycling Cities in the World Named
|Amsterdam has a long tradition of cycling for basic transportation|
No US City Makes the Top 20 Cut - Could the list be Eurocentric?Polling is a difficult art. You can generally get about any answer you set out to get by how you design the poll. So, a new poll produced by Copenhagenize Design Co. adds useful information to the question of cycling friendly places throughout the world, but there is at least a chance that their criteria may have been at least somewhat responsible for 3 of the top 20 being in Holland. Moreover, almost all of the 20 were in Europe, with the lone North American entry being Montreal.
The study took a look at 150 cities in all, and at least my research online did not come up with any rankings or scores beyond the top 20. It may be that well known cycling Meccas in the US such as Portland and Davis may have come in 21 and 22. Possibly the folks at Copenhagenize Design Co. will provide more data later.
Their criteria for selection included:
- bicycle culture
- cycling facilities
- bike share program
- gender split
- modal share
share increase since 2006
- perception of safety
- urban planning
- traffic calming