29 April 2013

Copenhagenize Index 2013 - Bicycle-Friendly Cities


We released our Copenhagenize Index 2013 - Bicycle-Friendly Cities today. We did a countdown on Twitter and then published the full list afterwards. Business Insider published the results simultaneously, as well.

The 2013 Index has taken a lot longer than we expected. We ranked 80 cities in 2011 and increased that to 150 this time round. Although this time round we had the help of over 400 individuals on every continent - our eyes and ears on the ground - to assist with the ranking.

While a mammoth task done con amore, it was just as interesting and rewarding as in 2011. While we would have liked to have ranked every single city on the planet, we kept it to a rough population size and included some cities because of their importance in their nation.

Have a look at the Index. Lots of changes in the Top 20 what with the addition of 80 new cities.

We've had a lot of interest in the Index since 2011 and the way we calculate the ranking. We used it in a large report we did - together with our partners Civitas - for the Norwegian Ministry of Transport wherein we explored why Norwegian cities are less bicycle-friendly than their Swedish and Danish counterparts.

All in all, it has been worth the time and effort and we thank the over 400 people who helped us out and I thank the whole Copenhagenize Design Co. team - especially Meredith Glaser in Amsterdam - for making this happen.

16 comments:

felix said...

what about places 21 to 150, will they be published, too? could be quite an incentive for the cities in the last third...

hamburgize.com said...

Is ist right, that both Paris and Hamburg have 54 points, but Paris is on place 13 and Hamburg on 14??

Vratislav Filler said...

felix: I do agree. I was one of contributors for Prague (not very promising city), so I am very interested to see situation in the bottom of the table and to be able to point out at cities whose are not very bike friendly, but still better tuan us.

Dorian Keibler said...

I wonder where Boston area falls into this list (Boston's also a difficult place to accurately compare to other cities because the main urban core is really 5 or 6 separate municipalities - one of which that has over a 10% bike mode share)

Carlos Senna (Portela) said...

Hey guys!

Come ride in Rio and redoing this index...

Ride a bike in Rio is a war and you can die easily!

Carlos Senna (Portela) said...

Use Google Translate and read Rio big newspaper of today. Read all links related...

http://oglobo.globo.com/rio/dentista-triatleta-morre-apos-ser-atropelado-por-onibus-em-ipanema-8248417

Is this portrait of a bike friendly city?

This is real world!

Ben Bates said...

I'm also interested in 21-150 and which North American cities are on the cusp.

Cycling in Madrid said...

I agree with other readers. The other places (until 150) should be published. That can be an incentive for other cities.

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Kevin Love said...

With its 60% bike mode share, why isn't Groningen on the list?

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Patricia Dawn Severenuk said...

Sorry, Seville is more important than Ottawa, Canada? I Ottawa is five times the size of Seville, AND it's the nation's capital. Oh, and Ottawa beats Seville for inter-modality any day: Until you can take a bike (ANY bike) on the AVE and Altaria inter-city trains, and carry any bike on the TUSSAM municipal buses (and not die of the heat in August), I'd choose Ottawa over Seville any day.

Miles Bader said...

@Dorian Keibler
Having lived in the Boston area (Cambridge), I don't think it's really that different from many other major cities in this respect. Big cities tend to have many different "habitats" (whatever you call them) and the degree of bike friendliness and usage often varies wildly amongst them...

Marcel said...

What about a city like Portland, Oregon ? I lived there and I can tell it is a much more friendly city for bikers than most of the ones listes here (Paris, Sevilla and Dublin for instance, where I did lived too...).

Marcel said...

What about a city like Portland, Oregon ? I lived there and I can tell it is a much more friendly city for bikers than most of the ones listes here (Paris, Sevilla and Dublin for instance, where I did lived too...).

Jan Mensing said...

Berlin. Seriously?