Fietsen in Groningen, Gent en Leipzig

For as long as I can remember I've been cycling everywhere: to school, home, to the shop, to work and back from walking in the evening. While travelling I prefer to discover the city by bike; a relaxed pace, away from the busy traffic and often on unexpectedly beautiful and green cycling routes without stressed road users.

More and more cities in Europe have discovered cycling enthusiasts as a valuable target group - in addition to mass tourism in Amsterdam, Berlin or Bruges. Cities such as Ghent and Groningen are positioning themselves in their campaigns as a trendy city and a green, bicycle-friendly tourist destination. But how green is the city really? Does the city council's policy have an effect on traffic and air pollution? Or is the advertising campaign nothing more than hot air?