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Which cities in the world are the most bicycle-friendly?

Utrecht has been named as the world’s most bicycle friendly city by the Global Bicycle Cities Index 2022.

Utrecht has been named as the world’s most bicycle friendly city by the Global Bicycle Cities Index 2022. Image: Unsplash/Norali Nayla

Anna Fleck
Data Journalist, Statista
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  • Digital insurance company Luko analyzed 90 cities across the globe to determine the most bicycle-friendly cities in its Global Bicycle Cities Index 2022.
  • The analysis was based on six indicators: the weather, bicycle usage, crime & safety, infrastructure, bike sharing opportunities and awareness events.
  • No American cities made it onto the top 10 roundup - San Francisco was the highest-ranked US city, ranking 39th.
  • The Dutch city of Utrecht has been named as the world’s most bicycle friendly city.

The Dutch city of Utrecht has been named as the world’s most bicycle friendly city by the Global Bicycle Cities Index 2022. The study, conducted by digital insurance company Luko, analyzed 90 cities across the globe, based on indicators grouped under six categories: the weather, bicycle usage, crime & safety, infrastructure, bike sharing opportunities and awareness events such as ‘No Car Day’. The final results are presented on a scale from 0 to 100, where the higher the score, the better the city. Utrecht is joined by eight other European cities in the top 10, with Hangzhou (China) the only non-European city in the top tier of the ranking.

As our chart shows, no American cities have made it onto the top 10 roundup, with San Francisco the highest-ranked U.S. city coming in at 39th place. Portland and Seattle are also among the top 50, in 41st and 50th respectively. U.S. metropolises aren’t known for being as bike-friendly as many of their European counterparts, where cycling for everyday transportation is more deeply ingrained in the culture.

Top 8 bicycle friendly cities with the highest score (Bicycle Cities Index 2022)
No American cities have made it onto the top 10 roundup of bicycle friendly cities. Image: Statista
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