Though it may seem like a lifetime away, the summer holiday season is edging closer and closer, and there’s no time like the present to start making those exciting plans. If you’re the adventurous type who’d rather explore on two wheels than by foot, then establishing which cities across the world are bike-friendly is a must.
Aside from the obvious Amsterdam, London and San Francisco, more and more cities are welcoming cyclists with open arms, with many encouraging cycling as a healthy and eco-friendly way to discover the sights, sounds and smells they have to offer. From the UK to Europe to the USA, here are just some of the most beautiful bike friendly locations to inspire you, wherever you’re thinking of heading on your travels.
If you’re planning a staycation, then Bristol should be at the top of your list of places to visit. Voted the UK’s most bike friendly big city, Bristol is renowned for being a particularly hilly city – but don’t let that put you off. From stunning countryside trails to harbour views to well-equipped inner city cycle routes, there is plenty to see from the comfort of your bicycle seat. You can choose to rent-a-bike or opt to take your own but when tackling hilly climbs it’s imperative that you are riding a bike you can rely on, and investing in a high quality cycle from a company such as Fat Birds Don’t Fly is advisable.
The German capital of Berlin is said to be best discovered by bike. The city boasts green expanses; a wealth of history and city-wide cycle tracks, there is even the Berlin Bicycle Week to partake in each March. Berlin is perfect for those planning a cycle holiday with their family, this is thanks to the area being relatively flat and cycling on pavements being widely acceptable. Whether you choose to take an organised bike tour of the city or decide to explore it for yourself, there’s something exciting to discover in every corner of the city.
Portland, USA is deemed by many to be an effortlessly cool city – and it’s easy to see why! Bridges, beer and bike trails are just a few of the highlights of this gorgeous city, and the combination of cityscape, wildlife parks and breathtaking countryside is a dream. Portland is the perfect destination for anyone in search of outdoor adventures and of course an ice cold locally brewed beer to end the day.
Sydney is Australia’s busiest city and the capital of New South Wales. This sunny city combines trendy suburbs, stunning coastline and exciting city life, perfect for exploring on two-wheels. There really is no better way to discover the city’s iconic architecture, Royal Botanic Gardens, bustling fish market and harbour sights than by bike.