Bicycling in Stockholm is a must if you wish to see more of Sweden’s capital and one of the most underrated cities in northern Europe. Spread out across 14 islands, Stockholm is a visual feast of architecture, natural beauty and spectacular water views. While the city’s public transportation and rail system are a great way to travel around the city, access to a bicycle will make one’s visit to Stockholm much more rewarding.

As in the case of Amsterdam and Copenhagen, Stockholm is ridden with dedicated bicycle lanes that allow for safe two wheeling across this city of 2 million. For those skittish about bicycling in unfamiliar territory, the 470 miles (760 km) of bicycle lanes in Stockholm provide ample opportunities to explore the city’s waterways, parks and eclectic neighborhoods.

Visitors have plenty of options to two wheel around the city. There are private bicycle rentals dotted across the city that will rent for as little as two hours or by the day. Stockholm City Bikes is a decent option to combine bicycling with the use of the city’s fine rail network: users can buy a one- or three-day pass, use a bicycle for as long as three hours, and return it to one of the 110 stations layered across Stockholm.

And if you are staying at a hotel, the chances are high that the front desk can loan you a bike on a first come, first serve, basis. During my one free day after World Water Week concluded, most of the day was washed out by rain. But the clouds had lifted by 5:00 p.m., and the hotel at which I stayed happened to have a bike available. I had a few hours to traipse around the city and see far more than I would have with a subway pass. My rule to rent a bike in every city I visit, and a bike allowed me to enjoy the city’s medieval, art nouveau and modernist architecture--not to mention the fine local brews and chic design stores.

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Signs point distances via bike; sunset in Stockholm's Gamla Stan

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Sunset along Strangvagen, Stockholm

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Just wear a bicycle helmut!

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he is a business writer and consultant. His work is has also appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He's pictured here in Qatar, one of the Middle East countries in which he takes a keen interest because of its transformation into a post-oil economy. Other areas of interest include sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (@LeonKaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). As of October 2013, he now lives and works in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.