8 Cities You’d Love to Explore on a Bicycle


For many people, cycling on city streets can be a daunting or somewhat scary idea. The lack of bike paths and bicycle-friendly measures make it difficult to travel by bike. But a growing number of cities in the world are becoming more bike-friendly. These are cities where residents and tourists can enjoy traveling around on two wheels without worrying about unsafe conditions. Here are eight cities you will love exploring on a bicycle.

Amsterdam, the Netherlands
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Why visit: One of the world’s bike-friendliest cities, Grachtengordel (canal belt) which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, safe bicycle paths, bicycling is part of the Amsterdam experience, stunning architecture and scenery to explore, biking around the city is easy and fun

Berlin, Germany
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Why visit: Art, culture, and music hub; historic attractions, beautiful architecture, bike-friendly with wide streets and designated bike paths and lanes, laws and measures that keep cyclists safe

Copenhagen, Denmark
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Why visit: One of the world’s bike-friendliest cities; beautiful architecture, the food, design scene, a huge number of residents travel around by bicycle, bike lanes that make it easy to travel to scenic attractions around the city

Kyoto, Japan
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Why visit: The city is home to 17 Unesco Heritage Sites, stunning temples and shrines, see the Geisha District, breathtaking landscape, getting around on bicycle is easy

Paris, France
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Why visit: Spectacular architecture, museums and art galleries, food, popular tourist attractions, hidden gems, bicycle-friendly city, public bike hire scheme, cycling paths that boast of amazing scenery

Portland, Oregon, USA
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Why visit: Breweries, scenic views, farmers’ markets, ranked as among the “best cities for cycling”, many locals travel around by bike, conducive place for bike tours

Montreal, Canada
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Why visit: Natural attractions, festivals, food fairs, strong bike culture, biker-friendly trails, safe bike paths and lanes, easy routes for tourists to explore

Trondheim, Norway
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Why visit: The Nidaros Domkirke, the Old Town Bridge, picturesque streets, delicious food, nearby fjords, bicycle-friendly, bicycle lift, safe bike lanes, easy to rent a bike

Finding Time for Bicycling When You’re Busy


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If you are a biking enthusiast, you probably want to squeeze in at least an hour of cycling on your daily routine. But the reality of hectic schedule, heaps of workloads, and the seemingly endless list of things to do at any given day can make biking plans go down the drain. The good news is you can still fit it in your busy schedule if you want to. Here are some times on how to squeeze a bike ride on a busy workday.

Get a good night’s rest

Lack of sleep makes you feel tired and less inclined to hop on your bike the next day. Figure out how many hours of sleep you need to give your mind and body ample time to rest. If you want to make time for exercise, set a regular sleep-wake schedule that allows for at least 30 minutes of biking before you officially start your day.

Set the alarm earlier than usual

There are many perks in starting your day earlier than most people do. Many highly successful people in their respective fields reveal daily routines that start very early in the morning, which usually includes doing at least an hour of exercise or physical activity they enjoy. The quickest way to find time for a ride is to set your alarm earlier than you usually do, get out of bed when it goes off, and set out on your two wheels.

Consider biking to work

You can take advantage of your daily commute to get the workout you need. Leave the car behind and get to work on your bike. Or set out on some errands on your bike instead of driving around, especially if you only have to travel short distances.

Have a list of quick workouts

If you cannot go on a bike ride, consider other ways to get the exercise you need. There is no dearth of workouts you can squeeze in to your daily routines. You can come up with a list of alternative quick exercises that you can do for a few minutes at any time of the day. Whether it is a 4-minute or 10 minutes workout, having a few minutes of exercise is much better than nothing.