Our world is urbanizing, and fast. However, with this urbanization comes harmful effects on the environment. It is widely known that the rise of cities and the growth of the world’s population has contributed to the environmental problems that our world is facing today. In the United States, cars and trucks account for nearly one-fifth of all US emissions, emitting around 24 pounds of carbon dioxide and other global-warming gases for every gallon of gas. Globally, 15 percent of manmade carbon dioxide comes from cars, trucks and other vehicles. Bigger cities, more people, more cars. To help combat this, many people have switched from driving cars to using bikes to commute.
However, cycling is not just about helping the environment, it is also a worldwide hobby enjoyed by many people. In fact, over two million people in Britain alone cycle at least once a week. Cycling is also booming close to home. From 2001 to 2009, the number of trips made by bicycle in the U.S. grew from 1.7 billion to 4 billion, more than doubling overall.
Whether you are looking to help the environment, are an avid world traveler, studying abroad or are looking for a new adventure, check out the interactive Google MyMaps below. It lists the 25 best cycling cities from all over the world, as well as their rank.