Posted on June 8, 2011
Amsterdam, Bogota and Portland are good examples of ideal cities to travel on two wheels. Tourists and locals spear growing pedaling for them.
Concern for the environment and the idea of promoting healthy habits among people have had a happy realization in the proliferation of cities "bike-friendly". With specialized lanes and more generous allotments, many large cities-from Europe to Latin America-implemented hundreds of kilometers of bicycle paths.
One of the pioneers was the capital of the Netherlands. Decades, Amsterdam is easily passable for cyclists. A good alternative is the beautiful park Sloterpark although other suggestions (with detailed plans and convenient) on the web Yourtuliptour.com .
On this side of the Atlantic, the lead in this area seems to take Bogotá, where every Sunday pedaling up to a million people. This little "boom" explained Sunday that day thanks to the circulation of many streets and avenues are restricted to cyclists.
Back in Europe, the particularity of Trondheim (Norway's third largest city population numbers) is that in addition to promoting bike, invites more intense experiences. The most striking of them begins with Trampe, a system that facilitates the rise in mountainous areas. The widget is a kind of cable car that works like this: you place your foot on a pedal coming out of a rail and the other foot on the bike pedal is driven automatically to reach the top (or where runs rail).
Portland and Buenos Aires
In the U.S., the city "bicifriendly" par excellence is Portland, the largest city in the state of Oregon. For 30 years, local citizens and organizations have promoted cycling as a lifestyle. The result is reflected in the streets, which are painted in bright colors. There is also a bicycle repair service without charge.
Finally, in this racconto also include Buenos Aires, with 65 miles of bike paths joined the global trend. The layout of these bike paths through some of the tourist neighborhoods of the city, such as Recoleta, Palermo and .