Coya, a bicycle insurance specialist, declared Bristol as the 17th world’s best cycling cities in the 2019 Bicycle Cities Index. Bristol obtained a 43.67 out of 100 score in the said study.
The study ranked ninety cycling cities around the globe based on road quality, infrastructure, bike-sharing schemes, and accidents. It is designed for the participating cities to benchmark on which aspects of cycling they succeed, and which need improvement.
Bristol had less performance on bike-sharing, landing on the 63rd spot. For safety provisions, it ranked 39th, on bicycle usage percentage, it ranked 20th, and on infrastructure investment, it ranked 16th.
Other key findings in the study revealed that with correct infrastructure investment, population size is not a significant factor in achieving good cycling conditions. The top 20 cities have inhabitants ranging from 300,000 to over five million.
Furthermore, it was reported that the better cycling conditions the city has, the more people are encouraged to ride bicycles.
This represents the city official’s efforts to better cycling infrastructures and conditions. This also shows the government’s involvement in ensuring safety for bicycle riders.
The reported safest place for cyclists was Germany. Johannesburg, Casablanca, and Medellin had the highest percentage of fatalities related to bicycling.
Significantly, London was 62nd in the ranking due to its poor quality of highways, low bicycle usage, and lack of infrastructures dedicated to cycling and cyclists.
The top three cities in the ranking are located in the northern part of Europe. Results showed they topped the ranking in terms of high-quality investment on bicycle infrastructures including bicycle lanes and highways. This implies cycling as a way of life in those countries.
The 2019 Bike Cities Index is not merely a ranking of what city is best and what is the poorest in terms of cycling, said Andrew Shaw, founder of Coya. Rather, it is a gauge that will help the participating cities to analyze what cycling spectrum needs improvement.