By Samantha-Rae Tuthill, AccuWeather.com
As gas prices and eco-consciousness grow, more and more people are turning to alternative forms of transportation. Namely, bicycling, which is increasing in popularity around the world. In some areas, cycling is so common that venues are opening to rent bicycles out to tourists and locals alike. Not only will it have a positive impact on your wallet and the air, bike riding is great for your cardiovascular health and keeping you in shape. In these cities in particular, cycling is quickly becoming a regular part of daily life.
With almost 250 miles of bike routes, separate traffic lights from those for pedestrians or motorists, sheds and parking lots to store bikes when they aren’t in use and great deals at rental shops, Amsterdam is the most bike-friendly city in the world. Over 40 percent of all traffic in the city is by way of bicycle. With such a great emphasis on bike safety and convenience, it’s easy to see why.
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