For years, in Milan, I have been moving around by bike every day. Every morning I pedal for almost four kilometers, but years ago I used to have jobs forcing me to cover longer distances: seven kilometers, to be precise, that is around half an hour on the pedals. Milan, during the last years, has experienced a dramatic increase in lanes and cycle paths: some of them have been obtained by shrinking car lanes or removing car parking lots, some others have been designed and built from scratch, thanks to the renovation of entire areas, as in the case of Porta Nuova. However, entire areas of the city remain uncovered, tram tracks, also as far as the deleted lines are concerned, a hindrance widespread everywhere, and the “cyclist” education of many city dwellers is still inadequate. In 2015, the urban design company Copenhagenize issued a special version, extremely extended, of the ranking concerning the worldwide most bike-friendly cities: 122 urban areas, from North America to Asia, of course passing through Europe. Europe is the place in which there is the chance to find the best bicycle infrastructures: Copenhagen and Amsterdam are ranked first and second, Utrecht third, followed by Strasburg, Eindhoven, Malmö, Nantes, Bordeaux and Anvers. The first Mediterranean city is Seville and comes just 10th, followed by Barcelona. It is possible to leave Europe only at the 14th position, with Buenos Aires, and to land in the United States with Minneapolis at the 18th position. The City of Milan official website reports 140 kilometers long cycle paths. Copenhagen, which has less than half of Milan population – or we could say even a third – more than 400. Also in light of such a comparison, the fact that the urban design company Copenhagenize is called this way, is hardly surprising. The founder Mikael Colville-Andersen created initially a blog by that name – a blog dealing with bikes, cycle culture, cities- and he called its company that, afterwards. Today Copenhagenize is working together with cities all over the world to design solutions making the streets more bike friendly. «I was at the right place at the right time and I recognized the potential for re-establishing the bicycle as transport in our cities in the public consciousness», he says when I ask him about how he started. Looking his client portfolio up, I dwell on the capture “Complete bicycle strategy”, that is the service realized by Copenhagenize for Almetyevsk, a small Tatarstan Republic city, in the middle-east Russia, close, so to speak, as we are talking about 250 kilometers, to the regional capital Kazan. I ask Mikael what kind of challenge it may represent, and he replies: «The challenge is the scale of the project. Modernizing the transport in a city by designing the bicycle network is a large task. Almetyevsk is a smaller city but we are now doing the same thing for all of Detroit. Nevertheless, it is a straightforward approach. We just map out the Desire Lines and the optimal routes and we reallocate the space on the streets to make space for bicycle transport. It’s a big job but we don’t have to reinvent anything».