Without a doubt, Amsterdam is the world’s cycling capital as 50% of all traffic in the city takes places on bicycles. Everybody cycles, businessmen, moms with kids, old people, tourists – it is just a perfect way to get around and enjoy the city’s many canals, bridges, the port and the beaches as well as the museum quarter. A lot of streets are narrow, one-way or pedestrian, but you can cycle mostly anywhere.
People just ride in the streets, there are more bikes than cars in central Amsterdam streets anyways, but there is also an extensive network of safe and fast bicycle routes. You can lock your bike pretty much anywhere in the street, just be sure you have a couple of good locks. There is a huge Bike Ramp at the Central Station where you can park your bike if you are commuting, there are underground sheds as well, and it is easy to rent a bike in the city. Be careful though, they are fast riders.
New York, USA
Yes, you’ve read it well, New York, actually, Manhattan. We have all heard of Manhattan’s terrible traffic and frankly, cycling is probably the easiest way to get around. It is flat, the streets are parallel, and ringed by rivers and a bike trail. You can easily cycle the entire length of the island, along the Hudson River, under the George Washington Bridge, past the United Nations, into Battery Park City, where you can see the Statue of Liberty. Brooklyn Bridge is also reachable on bike and Central Park is a treat. You will certainly enjoy New York more than people stuck in yellow cabs and the metro.
Menorca is an island in Spain, the small neighbor of Majorca and the calmest of the three Balearic Islands, measuring only 54 kilometers diagonally. It is very rural with only two mid sized cities but the nature is well preserved and the whole island is a natural biosphere reserve. The main means of transport on the island used to be horses (they still are to some degree), so the island has a network of dirt roads and is ringed by a so called “Horse road” the entire length of the island enabling you to reach any out of 50 pristine turquoise beaches by bike. Inland villages are just a few kilometers apart and everything is in cycling distance, including many archaeological sites, historical museums, horse farms and untouched nature.
Novi Sad, Serbia
If you are heading to Europe for the summer festival season, Exit festival, proclaimed the best music festival in the world by MTV and the Guardian, takes place in the second largest city in Serbia, Novi Sad. Being completely flat with wide streets and bike paths in most all of the city, Novi Sad is extremely bicycle friendly and easy to get around. You can rent bikes for less than 1 euro a day and park them safely anywhere in the city. You can cycle by the Danube, reach a historic fortress town just over the bridge, visit surrounding villages or the national park of Fruska Gora situated just 10km outside the city and do some mountain biking.
Palisade, Colorado, USA
The small town of Palisade is the heart of Colorado wine country and is a perfect getaway for an active outdoors vacation, known for its peach orchards and vineyards. Cyclists can ride the scenic roads through more than 50 farms, orchards and vineyards as well as visit the sandstone cliffs of Grand Mesa, the largest flat-topped mountain in the entire world. You can easily mount your bicycle on a bike rack to transport it to this mountainous region. There is a well marked 40 km bike loop as well as shorter routes, but whichever one you chose to take, you are sure to get wonderful views and plenty of fresh air.
Oscar Waterworth is a writer from Sydney, Australia. A father of two and a working man, he somehow manages to find the time to write up an occasional blog post. In his free time he likes to travel, play futsal and build stuff with his kids.