What is the Bike-Friendly Cities Rating?

The Bike-Friendly Cities Rating (German: ADFC-Fahrradklima-Test) is the largest online survey about cycling worldwide. The survey was developed and conducted for the first time in 1988. Further surveys were carried out in 2001, 2003 and 2005. Since 2012 the survey on cycling in German cities is been conducted every two years between September and November. Since 2018 participating cities are divided into six categories: below 20.000 inhabitants, 20.000 – 50.000 inhabitants, 50.000 - 10.000 inhabitants, 100.000 - 200.000 inhabitants, 200 – 500.000 inhabitants and above 500.000 inhabitants.

Goals of the Bike-Friendly Cities Rating

The Bike-Friendly Cities Rating is co-financed by Germany's Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure within the National Cycling Concept. The results give insight into the situation of cyclists in different cities for both politicians and traffic planners. A goal is to raise attention about promoting cycling in cities and to inspire policy makers to increase resources for cycling. Identified strengths and weaknesses in comparison with other cities can be used for government actions and programmes and has been a guideline for local authorities. The survey collects cyclists’ perceptions of cycling in their home city or town. Cyclists are regarded as able to assess their cycling environment because they are experts by daily experience. Through the questionnaire cyclists can communicate their opinion about cycling in the city - if it is stressful or fun. Questions in the survey include all relevant conditions that have an impact on cycle use. In the past, experts, city planner and governments very much appreciated the results. 

Bike-Friendly Cities Rating 2020

About 170.000 people participated during the last survey in autumn 2018, with an increase of 41% compared to the previous round. Over 241 million media contacts and 4800 articles and reports in newspapers have been counted in the period after result publication. The survey gave insight into the cycling situation of 683 cities and municipalities. 74% of the respondents were cyclists that use the bike intensively. For 81% (women 86%) respondents it was important to cycle separately from car traffic, being one of the main messages of the Bike-Friendly Cities Rating 2018.

Survey starts in September

In 2020 the Bike-Friendly Cities Rating will be carried out for the ninth time. Between September 01 and November 30 cyclists can vote for the cycling situation in their city. Results will be presented in spring 2021.

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