Mobility Cycling Creating a Cycling City: How to Get Started

Creating a Cycling City: How to Get Started

Jo Helme
I studied (and cycled) at the Universities of Cambridge, Nottingham and Vienna. My day involves squeezing information out of cycling advocates, experts and policymakers, and then writing all the juicy bits into articles. When the climate crisis gives you lemons, ride bicycles.

Not sure how to cultivate a cycling culture? Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or an advanced cycling city, we’ve got your next steps planned out.

Stages of a Cycling City

Whatever stage your city is at, there’s more that can be done to grow a cycling base. Below are the next steps for beginner, intermediate and advanced cities, although the lines between them are more fluid in practice. Each step is then linked to a further article full of tips on how to go about that stage. So, take this by the handlebars, and get started!

Beginner Cities

Beginner cities are those with a cycling modal share of below 10 percent and a lack of dedicated cycling infrastructure. The main goal here is to make cycling safe and more respected.  

To find out how to get started as a Beginner City, click here.

Intermediate Cities

Intermediate cities have a committed number of people cycling, ranging between 10 -30%, but do not boost of a widespread cycling culture. These cities need to build upon the infrastructure they already have, maintain political support and target demographics individually. 

From extending your cycling network, to bike sharing schemes – here’s everything you need to know on how to get started as an intermediate city.

Advanced Cities

Advanced cities, such as Amsterdam or Copenhagen, feature cutting edge cycling infrastructure and see cycling as integral to their way of life. These cities should focus on trialling new innovative ideas to optimise cycling as the best transport choice. 

There’s always something you can do to level up – find out how to get started as an advanced city here.

General Steps for Motivation

Alongside these concrete steps, there are a few articles you can read for inspiration, ideas and skills. 

If more detail is what you need, click here for a selection of useful guides, handbooks and resources. For inspiring stories of people working in the cycling field, from the Cycling Professor to the President of the Winter Cycling Federation, see here. To read about the challenges and successes facing other cities who are trying to make cycling work, click here

Good luck and enjoy the ride – no matter how bumpy, our guides will be here to help along the way. 

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