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Utrecht named most bike-friendly city in the world for 2022

Utrecht named most bike-friendly city in the world for 2022

According to the Global Bicycle Index 2022, most of the top 10 cities were in Europe, with Germany and the Netherlands dominating the list

Last week, Luko, a major European insurtech company published its Global Bicycle Index 2022, marking out the most cycling-friendly cities in the world. The study looked at 90 cities and accounted for multiple factors, like the weather, amount of cyclists, as well as bike theft and municipal infrastructure.

Researchers have deemed that Utrecht is the most bicycle-friendly city in the world, and a lot of the top positions in the index are dominated by European cities, especially those in the Netherlands and Germany.

Utrecht - a cyclists’ paradise

Based on the index, Utrecht in the Netherlands is the most cycling-friendly city, with an overall score of 77.84, well above the competition. Some of the metrics used to calculate the overall score included the fact that of all examined cities, Utrecht had the highest overall number of cyclists (51%).

At the same time, the city had a high number of days suitable for cycling, meaning, days that do not have a lot of precipitation or extreme weather events. Additionally, the city has a lot of quality infrastructure, as well as infrastructure investment, to make cycling even more appealing.

Unfortunately, though, because of the higher number of cyclists, the city also has a high accident fatality rating and bicycle theft rating. According to the index, there are 1.94 fatalities per 100,000 cyclists and 78.99 bike thefts per 100,000 cyclists.

However, despite these relatively high rates, Utrecht is far from the top contender for the spot of the most dangerous city for cyclists. That honour has to go to Johannesburg, in South Africa, where the mortality rate is 7.43, despite only 0.20% of inhabitants using bikes.

In terms of bike thefts, the worst is Singapore, where there are 100.00 bike thefts per 100,000 inhabitants, despite only 1% of the population reporting regular cycling.

The Top 10 most cycling-friendly cities

Most of the top 10 cycling-friendly cities in the world are in Europe, with the notable exception of China’s Hangzhou. Here is the top 10 list:

  1. Utrecht, the Netherlands – 51% of the population cycles;
  2. Munster, Germany– 39.10% of the population cycles;
  3. Antwerp, Belgium– 28.90% of the population cycles;
  4. Copenhagen, Denmark – 29% of the population cycles;
  5. Amsterdam, the Netherlands – 32% of the population cycles;
  6. Malmo, Sweden – 30% of the population cycles;
  7. Hangzhou, China – 30% of the population cycles;
  8. Bern, Switzerland – 15% of the population cycles;
  9. Bremen, Germany– 21% of the population cycles;
  10. Hannover, Germany – 19% of the population cycles.

The entire list features a detailed rundown of why the cities were ranked in this way, as well as additional data on what makes each of these spaces work so well.



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