As city cyclists we’re used to hearing a lot about the popularity of two-wheeled transportation in Europe versus the U.S. One might assume that Copenhagen and Amsterdam lead in the percentage of trips made by bicycle. Not so. Ever heard of the Dutch towns of Groningen and Zwolle? Turns out they hold the No. 1 (38 percent share) and No. 2 (37 percent) positions respectively in bicycle commuting levels. New York City has a way to go compared to its European brethren and sisters. But the good news is in the positive trend: According to NYC Department of Transportation statistics, bicycle commuting grew by 8 percent between 2010 and 2011, and more than doubled between 2007 and 2011.
Check out some of the infrastructure that helped earn Groningen, the largest city in the northern region of the Netherlands, the title of “World Cycling City” in this lively video from Streetfilms.org. The “green phase” may look a little chaotic, but it seems to work for the Dutch.