Europe’s best city for cyclists? The proverbial mantlepiece of the Finnish capital is filled with such trophies. Helsinki is home to the Baana bicycle corridor – more than 1,200km of bike lanes weaving in and out of the city. It offers gorgeous rides that allow locals and visitors alike the opportunity to explore one of the most beautiful capitals on the Continent. Cycling along the waterfront is particularly delightful.
More people should be riding bikes – because they’re awesome. The age of the motorcar is spluttering to a noisy end, and the old-fashioned stylings of the humble bicycle are ready to take centre stage once again. As the incorrectly-remembered quote famously goes: ‘Four wheels bad, two wheels good.’
There is a little bit of wishful thinking about this, of course. Most of the world’s cities are still defined by traffic jams and private cars, but some forward-thinking places are falling in love with the bicycle all over again. The most bike-friendly cities in the world are mostly in Europe, but there are spots in the USA and Australia that are slowly catching up. Here are our faves.
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