Travel Picks: Top 10 bicycle-friendly cities

Fri Jan 15, 2010 9:11am EST
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SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - With fuel costs soaring and environmental conservation in vogue, the bicycle is making a comeback in many cities, becoming a major part of urban transportation plans.

Men's website ( has come up with a list of the world's top most bicycle-friendly cities. Reuters has not endorsed this list:

1. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam's comes top when it comes to bicycle-friendly cities and nearly 40 percent of all commutes in Amsterdam are done by bicycle. Public bikes are available to rent and plans to construct a massive bike parking structure at the city's main train station are underway.

2. Copenhagen, Denmark

About 32 percent of Copenhagen residents are biking to work on a regular basis. The city's pro-bike culture allows you to rent a public bike for free for just a deposit.

3. Bogota, Colombia

While government programs for bike riding aren't as robust as those in Europe or America, Bogota has a demographic advantage that makes it a bicycle-friendly city -- only 13 percent of residents own cars, which makes bicycles a necessity. In fact, once a week, the city closes over 70 miles of streets to vehicle traffic in favor of bicycle riders, joggers, skaters and others.

4. Curitiba, Brazil   Continued...

<p>A women talks on her mobile phone while riding a bike in Amsterdam, January 17, 2007. REUTERS/Koen van Weel</p>