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An expert at exploring the world just off the beaten track, Matthew Long rides ahead to show us the hottest spots for two wheels. Copenhagen, Denmark
PHOTO BY: Christian Alsing
Copenhagen truly is the international capital of biking, and without a doubt the most bikefriendly city in the world. Even recognised by the International Cycling Union as the first Bike City. There are many bike-only lanes and you can even score a free rental. Just visit any of the 110 bicycle parking areas, leave a small deposit ($3), ride as much as you want, and return the bike to reclaim your deposit (available mid-April to November). For a unique experience, cycle around the squares and illuminated buildings at night, stopping for a nightcap at one of the city’s many brew pubs. Then let someone else do the pedaling for you while you relax in a rickshaw on the way back to your hotel.
Jerusalem’s labyrinthine stone passageways are caretakers of the city’s remarkable history, and one of the best ways to discover its secrets is by bike. The best tour we found is the EcoBike Jerusalem Bike Tour. The fourhour ride covers all of Jerusalem’s essentials and provides amazing views of the city, from the Jaffa Gate to the Haas Promenade. The price includes bike rental and tours are suitable for family members and all experience levels. Rather than get lost in the souks on your first day, take this tour and learn your way around Jerusalem in a few hours. 104 dabble May/June 2011