The best cycling city: World Economic Forum ranking

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A ranking of the best cities for cycling. Utrecht in the Netherlands tops the list. Rankings are popular for comparing cities for cycling. This one uses a basket model. It depends on how it is done, but the cities in the Netherlands always rank highly.

The best cycling cities in the world.

“But a recent study shows that some cities are better suited to a life behind bars – handlebars, that is – than others.”

These are the world’s best cities to be a cyclist, Johnny Wood Writer, Formative Content, The World Economic Forum COVID Action Platform, 06 Jun 2019

Basket models

Think of going shopping every week and always buying the same things. If we kept track of what we spent each week, we would note the rise of prices, even though the price of individual items varies from week to week. This is how inflation is measured.

Basket models are good for comparing things, too. They are not without bias, as they only take count of what they include and not what they leave out. The rankings may change how the basket is defined.

The best cycling city

It does not matter how you measure it, however, European cites are always on top of the list. Politicians and officials sometimes go to the US to study active travel cities. For us here in Canberra, does this really make any sense?

The list

Some cities are better than others. Only one city in the top 10 is not in Europe.

But a recent study shows that some cities are better suited to a life behind bars – handlebars, that is – than others. Bicycle Cities Index 2019
These are the world’s best cities to be a cyclist, Johnny Wood Writer, Formative Content, The World Economic Forum COVID Action Platform, 06 Jun 2019

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