Cycling is a great way to get around town while also getting some exercise, and in recent years electric scooters (e-scooters for short) have exploded in popularity. As cities across the globe look to cut down on traffic and encourage more ecologically-friendly forms of transportation, a number of companies have begun offering ‘shareable’ bikes and e-scooters for people to hire, making getting around that much easier.
So, what are some of the most cyclist and scooter-friendly cities?
As contents insurance experts (which can cover bicycles and e-scooters), we decided to take a look at four different factors across 33 cities to rank them based on the popularity of cycling in their country, helmet mandates, total length of bicycle lanes, and the number of e-scooter providers in each city.
|City||Percentage of cyclists in population||Helmet safety laws score||Bicycle path total length (km)||Number of E-scooter providers||Index score|
|Buenos Aires (Argentina)||35%||5||200||4||5.86|
|Los Angeles (USA)||25%||2||563||6||5.23|
|Amsterdam (The Netherlands)||66%||1||400||2||4.06|
|Utrecht (The Netherlands)||66%||1||420||0||3.67|
This index isn’t intended to suggest people in lower-scoring cities don’t enjoy riding a bike or e-scooter, but instead that having a smaller network of bicycle paths, fewer e-scooter providers and a smaller active population of cyclists means cyclists and e-scooter users arguably have less choice and kilometres of bike paths to enjoy.
Furthermore, while cyclists and e-scooter users may not be concerned about wearing a helmet, we felt that it was important to include as helmets help keep us safe in the event of an accident, so places with stricter mandates performed better overall.