The Cities that do Cycling the Best

There are a few companies out there who rank and report on the best cities for bicycling, and you can add Coya to that list. The insurance tech startup based in Berlin has created their own analysis of the world’s top cycling cities.

Crunching the numbers on 16 categories ranging from safety to local weather year-round, Coya employed statistical analysis instead of subjective feelings and opinions, and arrived at a list of 90 cities.

The top 10 Cycling Cities in the World

Here is Coya’s top 10:

  1. Utrecht (NL)
  2. Münster (DE)
  3. Antwerp (BE)
  4. Copenhagen (DK)
  5. Amsterdam (NL)
  6. Malmö (SE)
  7. Hangzhou (CN)
  8. Bern (CH)
  9. Bremen (DE)
  10. Hannover (DE)

As you would expect, the top 10 is heavily skewed towards central and northern European cities, who have been at the forefront of city cycling for decades. In fact, 30 of the top 35 are European cities.

The Chinese city of Hangzhou sneaks into 7th place despite poor safety results relative to others in the top 10. The other two non-European cities in the top 20 are Montreal, Canada, in the 16th spot and Melbourne in 20th.

Melbourne’s statistics here are actually very impressive. Their great safety statistics lands them the second highest Safety Score overall. The only other Australian city represented in the top 90 is Sydney in 40th, which actually comes third in the Safety Score category.

New Zealand is also represented twice in the top 50, through Wellington (30th) and Auckland (49th). The highest placing African city is Morocco’s Casablanca in 42nd.

You can read Coya’s full Bicycle Cities Index 2019 report here to read more about their data categories, individual scores, and the full list of the 90 best cycling cities in the world.

What about Brisbane?

So Brisbane didn’t quite make the cut this year, but that’s okay. Building new cycling infrastructure is a big priority for Brisbane City Council going forward, and we’re excited to see all of the improvements this will bring.

Five new green bridges have already been announced, and are being planned right now. They are:

  • Toowong to West End
  • St. Lucia to West End
  • Kangaroo Point to CBD
  • Breakfast Creek 
  • Bellbowrie

An increased focus on cycling and pedestrian traffic, and linking these with the CBD and public transport routes will do wonders for Brisbane as a cycling city. It will help clear up traffic congestion and pollution.

End-of-trip facilities like ours at cycle2city will surely also play a part in ensuring Brisbane has a future on two wheels. Lack of comfort and convenience are two of the biggest obstacles for people who consider cycling to work, and that’s exactly what we offer at our facilities!

Here are just some of the services we offer:

  • Secure, state of the art bike storage for 400+ bikes
  • 400+ personal lockers
  • 15 women’s showers and 18 men’s showers means no queues ever
  • Fresh towels supplied daily
  • Bike workshop with same day service while you are at work
  • Optional dry-clean service with fresh clothes delivered direct to your locker
  • 24/7 member access in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD

Interested in cycling to work? Click here to sign up to a free 7 day trial with us so that you can start work well!


Top 8 Christmas Gift Ideas for Cyclists

It’s that time of the year, and you’re out of Christmas gift ideas for the cyclist in your life. You’re in luck, because we’re about to give you our 8 top Christmas gift ideas for the cyclist in your life!

1. A good travel mug

A well-made travel mug for your morning cup of coffee of is simply a must-have in a country like Australia, where coffee culture is a big part of most people’s morning rituals. Rather than skulling your coffee of choice before hopping on the bike to work, a good travel mug will let you bring your jolt of energy with you.

There are many different brands, styles, colours and sizes available. They can just slot into a side pocket of your backpack as long as they are airtight. What if you want to enjoy your coffee while cycling to work?

2. Portland Design Works Bar-Ista Cup Holder – $18

The Bar-Ista’s design is as clever as its name, and is a gem for those of us who want to enjoy a cup of coffee – or tea – on our morning rides. It comes in two different clamp sizes, and will fit most flat and riser handlebars. Might not be suitable for the most hardcore road cyclists, but could be a clever gift for most other cyclists.

The Bar-Ista is available from Portland Design Works’ website and Amazon.

3. Universal Phone Mount – $13

Some riders are fine with stuffing their phones in jersey pockets. This is for those who aren’t. Fastening your phone on your handlebars will not only keep it high and dry, but will also allow you to use your phone as a GPS when doing new rides and routes.

There are many similar phone mounts in this category. The one pictured above is by Roam.

4. Garmin Edge 530 GPS Bike Computer – $449

Image source: CyclingTips.

The Garmin Edge 530 is the only real hi-tech bike accessory we’re recommending today, and it’s for good reason. It’s a great choice for those who want to take the step up from using their phones to a dedicated GPS.

The small form factor hides an incredible suite of metrics and features that are suited for road cycling and mountain biking alike, and the 20+ hours of battery time will keep you going for a long time. Particularly smart is the physical buttons, which are much easier to operate than a touchscreen while you’re riding.

5. Giro Aether MIPS Helmet – $399

Image source: BikeRumor.

The Giro Aether MIPS has everything you’d want in a helmet. Safety, aerodynamics and venting is all present in the Aether in spades. Obviously $399 is quite a big investment for most people, but the venting really convinced us to recommend this.

Giro’s testing shows that the Aether’s big vents can keep your head 2 degrees cooler than their competing helmets, which is something that every Australian rider will want going into our warmest months!

6. Cygolite Dash Pro 600 and Hotrod 50 Bike Lights – $66

A good light is an absolute must for riding in the morning or after late nights at the office, and the ability to see and be seen can be a lifesaver.

This particular combo can be found on Amazon for $66.

7. Ass Savers Fenders – $12

While lights and helmets can save your ass in a metaphorical sense, Ass Savers Fenders will save your ass in a more literal sense. Made for those who don’t want to rock a permanent fender, the Ass Saver will clip on under your seat when you need it.

With the peak of  Brisbane’s storm season coming up, this is a great little stocking stuffer for the cyclist in your life. Find Ass Savers on Amazon for just $12.

8. Pactimo Men’s Ultra-Lite Rain Jacket – $38.50

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Like the Ass Savers Fenders, the Pactimo rain jacket is designed to be a great solution for an emergency weather event. It is durable, light and small, but water-resistant enough to get you through those Brisbane summer afternoon showers.

Weighing in at just 117 grams, it packs away to be small enough that you can bring it with you in a jersey pocket on those humid and overcast days where anything can happen at any time.

It also looks really good.