It’s official Cyclodammers – Amsterdam is now the most bike-friendly place on earth according to Copenhagenize, an international consultancy based in Copenhagen specialising in bicycle planning, marketing and communications. Amsterdam has been highlighted as having superb infrastructure and facilities, outstanding advocacy, both political and non-political. The cycling atmosphere is relaxed, enjoyable, and as mainstream as you can get. This is the one place on the planet where fear-mongering about cycling is non-existent and it shows. The only criticism is the lack of sign-posting (couldn’t agree more!) and of course the ‘terrorising’ scooters. They recommend a more innovative approach to cycle-share schemes – we’ve all seen the hundreds of bikes left to rust on canal sides.
I have to say though, it would be a little surpising if we weren’t voted no.1. And, I look forward to reporting back on how Barcelona shapes up as 3rd best biking city in a few weeks time.