German insurance provider Coya recently released its 2019 Cities Index, evaluating the cities making the most improvements to their cycling infrastructure and highlighting where some are excelling and others are lacking.
Coming out on top is Utrecht in the Netherlands. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, since the Netherlands is renowned for being a cycling haven.
While the study doesn’t list the best and worst cycling cities, it does give an insight into the cities around the world that are working towards a brighter cycling future and those that are lagging behind.
How the cities were ranked
90 cities were chosen, including those who are more traditionally associated with cycling (such as Copenhagen and Amsterdam), as well as lesser-known locations that are striving to make improvements.
Each received a score based on 12 different criteria, covering everything from crime, safety, investment and infrastructure, to the weather, rental availability and cycling-related events. The scores are marked out of 100, where 1 represents the worst and 100 the best, so the higher the score, the better.
Other factors, such as fatalities and accidents per 100,000 cyclists are representative of an actual number in that sample, so the lower the score here, the higher the safety.
Finally, the cycling uptake for each city is represented by a percentage.
Coya provides more detailed information on its methodology on its website.
Mildred’s a utilitarian cyclist at heart, determined to do everything on two wheels, whether it’s shopping, commuting or moving house. She’s spent the past three years volunteering as a mechanic and workshop coordinator at the Bristol Bike Project, and now sits on its board of directors. Her expertise in bikes — and what people want out of them — comes from working in real-world bike shops and learning the ins and outs of the industry. At home on slicks and knobblies alike, Mildred’s ideal ride covers long distances through remote countryside, on mixed terrain that offers a bit of crunch. She’s easily won over by steel frames coupled with a 650B/plus-tyre combo, and is currently riding a Surly Bridge Club.