by Marcus Leach
With over 760,000 commuters cycling to work regularly* in the UK alone it seems we are a nation of bike lovers. That doesn't mean your two-wheel love affair has to finish there, why not take it to to foreign destinations? After all some of Europe's cities are the most pedal-friendly in the world.
Amsterdam: Arguably the most recognisable biking capital of the world, Amsterdam claims top spot for its easy access to bicycles through public scheme OV-Fiets, which has 240 hire locations offering bikes by the hour, day or week. Renting is reasonable and for those who’d like a more relaxing ride, electric bikes can also be leased for just 7.50 Euros a day.
Paris: France’s capital has long been loved by bike-lovers, and boasts The Salon du Cycle – a national event bringing together both amateurs and professionals. Perfect for cyclists, the Paris Respire scheme also closes off parts of the city, such as roads by the river Seine, the Marais and Montmatre, every Sunday and over bank holidays between 9am-5pm.
Paris benefits from public scheme Vélib Bike Hire, which boasts more than 1,200 docking stations and 18,000 bikes around Paris. A debit or credit card is required online or at all docking stations to grab a bike and go.
Berlin: National scheme Call-A-Bike offers over 100 rental locations, and Berlin’s tubes and trains even offer special tickets permitting bikes to be taken aboard. Visitors should take note however, that only over 18s can buy access to the scheme, although anyone over 14 can ride one of the public bikes.
Nice: Nice’s biking scheme Vélo bleu offers 175 docking stations around the city, and rental from just 1 Euro an hour. Visitors should experience biking down the flat Promenade des Anglais – a five-mile walkway connecting Chateau Hill with Nice Airport.
London: The famous blue ‘Boris Bikes’ are now one of London’s iconic sights, and Barclays Cycle Hire offers a massive 8,000 bikes and 570 docking stations dotted around the capital. Never more than 400 metres apart, they form what has become a reliable mode of transport for commuters and tourists alike.
*according to https://www.cycletoworkday.org/
Cities recommended by travel site momondo.co.uk