Copenhagenize Bicycle Index 2015: the winners and the losers / by Tom Oliver Payne

Ok, so maybe some people have no idea what I'm talking about. But for those who are into the whole bikes and urbanism thing know exactly what I'm on about.... Every year the incredible Copenhagenize Design Co. put together an assessment of cities across the globe in terms of their progress in becoming bicycle-friendly cities. They call this the Copenhagenize Index.

... Pretty amazing, right? I mean we all know that bikes are good exercise, amazing for the environment, decongest our cities AND they look good. Why wouldn't we want more bikes in our cities?


Well, I guess some cities are just a little conservative, boring and slow (ie. Australian cities). This Index gives them a good kick up the ass by letting them know just how crap they really are. Simultaneously it gives other cities a massive pat on the back by letting them know how awesome they really are (ie. Paris).

So... let's cut to the chase. Who were the winners in 2015? Check out the list and full summary below from Mikael Colville-Andersen.

  1. Copenhagen
  2. Amsterdam
  3. Utrecht
  4. Strasbourg
  5. Eindhoven
  6. Malmo
  7. Nantes
  8. Bodeaux
  9. Antwerp
  10. Seville
  11. Barcelona
  12. Berlin
  13. Ljubjiana
  14. Buenos Aires
  15. Dublin
  16. Vienna
  17. Paris
  18. Minneapolis
  19. Hamburg
  20. Montreal

... Remember kids, it's not all about winners and losers, it's about effort. But seriously, this list is comprised on political will, as well as action. Good to finally see some American cities in there. Hmm, where is Australia!? Tony Abbot really does suck.

Head to Copenhagenize (or Wired) to see more.