Mikael Colville-Andersen is an urban planner and father of Copenhagenize, a blog that highlights how the bicycle can be an important tool in the creation of liveable cities. Colville set up the website with the desire to make more cities like the Danish capital and it has long been one of the most important cycling blogs on the internet.
The idea was born to create a ranking of the world’s most bike-friendly cities. He gave a total of 80 cities up to four points in 13 categories, such as bicycle culture, perception of safety, infrastructure and social acceptance.
The top two places were filled by A’dam (54 points) and Copenhagen (52points). In fact ” In Amsterdam the atmosphere was relaxed and as mainstream as you can get. This is one of the place on the planet where fear mongering about cycling is non -existent and it shows”. Very good news compared to a few decades ago, when the city was choked with cars and the locals took very specific steps to get to where they are today.
However, the report called for a more uniform design of infrastructure. “It would be more enjoyable if we didn’t have to guess what the next stretch of cycle track will look like”. Even if the capital lacks in a uniform infrastructure design, it still defends the title as the world’s most bicycle-friendly city in the 2013 Copenhagenize index.
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