Which cities are the most bike-friendly?

Survey: The most bicycle-friendly cities in Germany

More than 1000 German cities and municipalities literally competed against each other in the 2020 Bicycle Climate Test of the General German Bicycle Club (ADFC). Last autumn, 230,000 cyclists were able to vote on how bike-friendly the municipalities are and awarded school grades in various categories. Now the winners have been determined and were presented according to the number of inhabitants.

We'll introduce you to the big cities that made the bike race - and still didn't get any dream grades.

1st place: Bremen

A relaxed round through the ramparts, along the Osterdeich or for a quick drink on the Schlachte: The cyclists in Bremen are the most satisfied. The Hanseatic city performed best in the ADFC survey among cities with more than 500,000 inhabitants. Nevertheless, not everything is going smoothly for cyclists here - as the overall score of 3.57 shows.

2nd place: Hanover

With a grade of 3.67 - a four plus - Hannover landed on the second place for cyclists. The capital of Lower Saxony wants to catch up further: Twelve new bike routes will soon lead from the city center to the districts. Do you want to go now? From the Maschsee to the Steinhuder Meer you can pedal over 39 kilometers and be amazed.

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3rd place: Frankfurt am Main

Frankfurt am Main was awarded third place (grade 3.72) and at the same time the best catching-up city. The Main metropolis was praised for new cycle paths on main traffic axes. As a recreational rider you can get around the Frankfurt green belt: The 62.5 kilometer route takes you around the city, but can also be easily divided into shorter stages.

These German cities are also bike-friendly

According to the survey, Bremen, Hanover and Frankfurt am Main have to struggle further in order to become even more bicycle-friendly. Some of the small towns get away really well. Above all: Wettringen in Westphalia (grade 1.96). The small town with 8,200 inhabitants is thus the most bicycle-friendly city in Germany.

Further winners at a glance:

200,000 to 500,000 residents:

  1. Karlsruhe (3.07)
  2. Munster (3.17)
  3. Freiburg im Breisgau (3.35)

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100,000 to 200,000 inhabitants:

  1. Goettingen (3.27)
  2. Erlangen (3.29)
  3. Heidelberg (3.53)

50,000 to 100,000 inhabitants:

  1. Nordhorn (2.64)
  2. Bocholt (2.82)
  3. Constance (3.18)

20,000 to 50,000 inhabitants:

  1. Baunatal (2.39)
  2. Meckenheim (2.65)
  3. Westerstede (2.98)

up to 20,000 inhabitants:

  1. Wettringen (1.96)
  2. Reken (2.10)
  3. Rutesheim (2.22)