Love bikes? These Dutch cities are the most bike-friendly in the WORLD

Cycling in the Netherlands is great. How great, you ask? Well, we can now confirm that it’s the greatest in the world in this Dutch city. Hoera!

The results of PeopleForBikes’ City Ratings for 2023 are in, and the winner is… The Hague! ๐ŸŽ‰

How are the rankings calculated, you may be asking? PeopleForBikes’ data-driven programme identifies, evaluates, and compares the bike network quality of 1733 cities globally.

Not only does a Dutch city take the number one spot against a whopping 1733 other cities, but two more are in the top 10. Go Nederland! ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ

Dutch fietsen for the win

Based on data about streets, speed limits, bike infrastructure, and destinations documented in OpenStreetMap, the City Ratings have given Dutchies a reason to celebrate.

Why? Dutch cities come out on top, natuurlijk. The Hague tops the ratings at number one, with Almere landing in fifth place, and Utrecht at number eight. Gefeliciteerd!

But, we can’t say we’re surprised with how hard the Dutch have worked to make cycling in the Netherlands easy and attractive.

@notjustbikes What happens when you quickly build a cycling city? #cyclingcity #cyclingtiktok #notjustbikes #netherlandstiktok #iloveamsterdam #urbanplanningtiktok #publictransportation โ™ฌ original sound – Not Just Bikes

If you’re wondering what other cities have cycled to the top, check out the top 10. ๐Ÿšฒ

1The HagueSouth Holland, Netherlands89
2ProvincetownMassachusetts, United States88
3Crested ButteColorado, United States87
4BromontQuebec, Canada87
5AlmereFlevoland, Netherlands 85
6Blue DiamondNevada, United States85
7LeuvenFlemish Brabant, Belgium85
8UtrechtUtrecht, Netherlands84
9BrusselsBrussels Capital Region, Belgium84
10MurdockNebraska, United States84

A sprint for bike-friendly cities

Each city receives a City Ratings score on a scale from zero to 100, where a low score indicates a weak bike network and a high score indicates a strong bike network.

What is a bike network? A bike network is a connected system of protected bike lanes, off-street paths, slow shared streets, and safe crossings that enables people to comfortably bike around a city.

So, how were the scores determined? The Bicycle Network Analysis (BNA) is software that measures the quality and connectivity of a bike network and assesses six factors of a city in the acronym SPRINT.

  • Safe speeds
  • Protected bike lanes
  • Reallocated space
  • Intersection treatments
  • Network connections
  • Trusted data

With all that in mind, we can’t help but have pride shining in our hearts for the country that makes it possible to flex our innovative cycling muscles. ๐Ÿ’ช

What do you think of the ratings of bike-friendliness? Tell us in the comments!

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Simone Jacobs
Simone Jacobs
Originally from South Africa, Simone is having fun navigating the Dutch language, steep stairs, and bicycles (which she still manages to fall off of with her short, non-Dutch legs). An animal lover at heart, Simone can typically be found under her (growing?) mound of cats, where she uses the opportunity to read, write, and watch video compilations of creatures.


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