Travel Picks: Top 10 bicycle-friendly cities
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 AskMen.com (www.askmen.com) 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...