The bi-annual "Copenhagenize Index - Bicycle-friendly Cities" revealed the winner for 2015. This time, it is not Amsterdam. 

Cycling is one of the greenest and healthiest alternatives to traveling with cars. Enough has been already said about that, but it can't hurt to emphasize again and again how important it really is - to you, to the air you breathe, to the trees around you, to your neighbour's pet. In short, everyone and everything around us benefits from our decision to cycle instead of driving. If and when possible, of course.

Many cities, especially the ones that are among the most congested ones, have embraced cycling as a very welcome solution to heavy car traffic. Let's see which countries moved up and which slipped down in their efforts to transform their urban landscape into something more environmentally- and human health-friendly, all while encouraging bicycle culture.

This is the 2015 line-up, prepared by COPENHAGENIZE DESIGN COMPANY, an urban design consultancy (based in Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Brussels and Zurich) that advises cities and goverments in how to work towards a more bicycle-friendly urban landscape, including infrastructure, planning and urban design:

1. [2] COPENHAGEN

2. [1] AMSTERDAM

3. [3] UTRECHT

4. [NEW] STRASBOURG

5. [8] EINDHOVEN

6. [9] MALMÖ

7. [6] NANTES

8. [5] BORDEAUX

9. [7] ANTWERP

10. [4] SEVILLE

11. [17] BARCELONA

12. [10] BERLIN

13. [NEW] LJUBLJANA

14. [NEW] BUENOS AIRES

15. [11] DUBLIN

16. [NEW] VIENNA

17. [19] PARIS

18. [NEW] MINNEAPOLIS

19. [20] HAMBURG

20. [14] MONTRÉAL

Copenhagen is in the leads, taking the top spot from Amsterdam. While some cities fell off the list entirely, it is good to see new ones emerging, such as Ljubljana, Vienna, or Strasbourg. Congratulations!

Is your city also on the list?

March 13, 2017 Living photo: Copenhagenize Design Co.

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