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10 bike-friendly cities around the globe

By: Josh Lew on March 21, 2013, 2:46 p.m.
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Curitiba, Brazil

Curitiba, a mid-sized city in Southern Brazil, is known as one of the nicest places to live in South America. Large public green-spaces and an efficient public transportation system make it a pleasant place to visit as well. With an expansive network of bike paths, many separated from the car traffic by barriers, this is certainly one of the most cycle-friendly cities on the continent.

There are ambitious plans by the municipal government to add more than 150 additional miles of bike specific trails to the cycle infrastructure. Many neighborhoods are connected with one another by paths, so it is possible to get a taste of the city and visit its best attractions by simply hopping on a bicycle. Curitiba also has a lively bike culture, with many people actively using and promoting the bicycle as a means of transportation rather than merely a tool for exercise and recreation.