The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - STEPHEN BLEACH

Bei­jing: The days of Mao’s ped­alling masses are gone, but a fifth of the city still cy­cles to work. Traf­fic is ter­ri­ble, and parts of the cy­cle-lane net­work have been ripped up. But keep with the two-wheeled crowds and you’ll be fine. Bike Bei­jing rents bikes and of­fers guided tours. More: bike­bei­ Ber­lin: Wide, flat roads, 620km of cy­cle paths and con­sid­er­ate driv­ers (as long as you obey the rules). The clas­sic ride is the Ber­lin Wall trail, a 159km loop with me­mo­ri­als to those who died try­ing to cross the death zone. More: Am­s­ter­dam: The world’s ur­ban cy­cling cap­i­tal is a supremely civilised place for a spin. Cy­cles rule the roads. Note that hire bikes use back-ped­alling brakes, which take some get­ting used to. More: Miami: The weather’s per­fect, the ter­rain’s flat and the Deco Bike scheme al­lows you to pick up and dock bi­cy­cles along the length of Miami Beach. The lazy can just cruise the strip in their shades; the vig­or­ous should head across the Vene­tian Cause­way to the De­sign Dis­trict. More: de­co­

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