With Oslo going car-free, Paris allowing cyclists to skip red lights and even Mexico City creating car-free Sundays, cycling advocacy appears to be winning substantial victories across the globe. In fact, one could surmise that a small but heated competition exists among advanced western cities (particularly those in Europe) to see who can enact the most progressive legislation that benefits two-wheel travel.
Yes, the majority of the world appears to have acknowledged the many benefits of encouraging a cycling culture. But other cities—and in some cases, even entire nations—have taken the opposite approach by banning cycling. We'd also like to point out every nation on the list below has received low grades from Amnesty International's annual report on human rights. It's not a stretch to say there exists a correlation between human rights and a nation's culture of cycling.