If you’re planning to head off on a two-wheeled adventure, cycling safety really does need to be a top priority. Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or a first-timer, it’s vital you consider which cities are the safest for cyclists before you set off biking.
The personal finance experts at money.co.uk launched the Cycle Cities Report that analyses global data to reveal the safest, most accommodating, and most affordable cities to rent a bike around the world. As part of the report, money.co.uk compiled a list of the safest cities to cycle in, looking at which cities have the least number of fatalities per 100,000 people per year.
Singapore comes out on top, which comes as no surprise with Singapore’s safety-conscious measures requiring every cyclist to wear a helmet, stop at traffic lights, never use a mobile phone and have a bike fully equipped with lights, reflectors and brakes. The least safe city with the most road fatalities is Chiang Mai in Thailand with 31.15 fatalities per 100,000 people per year, making it the most dangerous city to cycle around. The cycling laws require you to have lights and reflectors on your bike but brakes aren’t required, so you’ll need to take extra care when cycling.
1. Singapore, Singapore – 2.48 fatalities per 100,000 people per year
The cycle-friendly city of Singapore takes first place as the safest city to cycle in with 2.48 fatalities per 100,000 people per year.
The city has a variety of cycling laws in place to ensure it’s safe for cyclists, with all bikes requiring lights, reflectors, front and rear brakes and helmets to be worn by riders.
So, if you’re riding your own bike make sure it meets Singapore’s safety standards, or alternatively, you can hire a bike that’s fully equipped with everything you need for $45 SGD (£24.23) a day at Bicycle Hut.
Singapore also allows pavement cycling to keep cyclists away from traffic whenever possible, and if cyclists do need to ride on the road to reach their destination, they must follow the rules of the road and stop at all red lights.
2. Zurich, Switzerland – 2.50 fatalities per 100,000 people per year
Zurich secures its place as the second safest city to explore on two wheels with 2.50 fatalities per 100,000 people per year.
The bike-friendly city even has a free bike rental scheme that allows you to hire a bike that is approved by the council equipped with lights and rear and front brakes, for a day of safe cycling. Find out where you can pick up a free bike here.
When cycling around Zurich, the same rules of the road are enforced to both cyclists and vehicles, with those riding a bike also required to stop at red lights. The city also has 20,095km of cycle paths to safely explore Zurich on two wheels.
3. Geneva, Switzerland – 2.50 fatalities per 100,000 people per year
Geneva emerges as joint second for the most cycling-safe city for a biking adventure with 2.50 fatalities per 100,000 people per year.
The bike-friendly city allows you to hire a bike for the day for just 14 CHF (£11.12) at Geneveroule that will include every piece of equipment the city deems as necessary for cycling safely, including lights and front and rear brakes.
With 86 cycle paths covering 542,017km, you can safely explore all of the sights and attractions that Geneva has to offer.
4. Oslo, Norway – 2.51 fatalities per 100,000 people per year
In third place as one of the safest cities to visit on your bike, is Oslo, Norway with 2.51 fatalities per 100,000 people per year.
For 49 NOK (£4.05) you can hire a bike for the day at Visit Oslo that includes all of the equipment required by Oslo’s cycling laws, including lights, reflectors and front and rear brakes.
The capital of Norway also has 41 cycling paths covering 505,785km to discover, allowing you to safely cycle around the city; exploring the number of breathtaking sights and attractions that Norway has to offer.
5. The Hague, Netherlands – 3.56 fatalities per 100,000 people per year
The Hague finds itself fourth on the list, as one of most cycling-safe cities for a cycling holiday, having 3.56 fatalities per 100,000 people per year.
You can hire a bike for just €14.99 (£12.85) at Black Bikes in The Hague and this includes all of the equipment like lights, reflectors and front and rear brakes required under the Netherlands road safety laws.
The Hague also enforces the law of no mobile phones while cycling, as this is seen to be a distraction to riders, so make sure to stick to it or you could face a fine of €95.00 (£81.33).
Let us know which cities you’ve cycled in and how you found it!