Canada has two of the top 50 cycling cities in the world

June 06, 2019, Kitchener, Ontario

Posted by: Robert Deutschmann, Personal Injury Lawyer

Women Riding Bikes A recent list of the Top 50 Cycling cities in the world has been compiled on COYA.com. It's based on a variety of criteria. Canada makes its first appearance on the list at 18th - Montreal. Vancouver comes in at #37. European cities dominate the list. I’ve attached the article here for you to read. We know what we need to do to make Waterloo Region more cycling friendly and safe. We don’t need to re-invent anything. We need to follow the good examples already set around the world.


What’s the best city in the world for cycling: new study ranks the contenders Northern Europe dominates the list of 90 cities

Paul Norman May 16, 2019 1:54 pm

Insurance tech firm Coya has crunched the numbers to come up with a worldwide ranking of the best cities for cycling.

The Bicycle Cities Index is compiled based on a range of stats, which includes:      

  • Bicycle theft rates.
  • Numbers of cyclist fatalities and accidents.
  • Investment in infrastructure like specialised bicycle lanes.
  • Percentage of bicycle usage.
  • Figures on the sharing economy, like the number of bicycle rental stations and rental bikes available.
  • City cycling-friendly events like ‘No Car Day’ and ‘Critical Mass’

With its excellent cycling infrastructure, it’s not really a surprise that the Netherlands comes out strongly, with Utrecht coming out on top. Coya points out that high bicycle usage correlates with a higher overall ranking. It’s followed by Munster in Germany, then Antwerp in Belgium, Copenhagen and Amsterdam.

Commenting on the findings, Andrew Shaw, Founder of Coya, says: “The fact that the top three cities are in northern Europe reflects the notion that cycling is a way of life in those countries, which has clearly had an impact on the amount of money they’ve invested in it.

“It’s an encouraging representation of the efforts city officials make to improve cycling conditions, and proves that government investment in safety and infrastructure ultimately pays off.”

In the UK, Bristol comes out on top, ranking 17th of the 90 cities in the world index. That’s despite its extensive range of hills to tax the rider. London comes in 62nd.

 

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