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10 bike-friendly cities around the globe

By: Josh Lew on March 21, 2013, 2:46 p.m.
Kaohsiung City Bikes

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Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Taiwan’s second city has a blossoming bicycle scene. Since it is flat and the streets are grid-like, getting around by pedal power is easy. The city government has made a concerted effort to promote cycling, creating bike paths throughout the city and also offering rentals outside of transit stations as part of the City-Bike (C-bike) program. With a membership card, people can rent a bike from an automated C-bike kiosk (pictured), ride it and then return it to any other kiosk in the city.

Many of Kaohsiung's paths are only for bicycles, so riders don’t have to contend with car traffic or even with many pedestrians. Kaohsiung even has a bike-specific bridge. With its infrastructure and ambitious plans to expand it even further, this city is certainly one of the best places for urban bicycle touring in East Asia.