We are sorry, but we have to say it: Madrid is not a cycling-friendly city. Only a few adventurous cyclists dare circulate the traffic packed city center, there are few bike lanes and most Spanish people consider bycicles a non-serious means of transport -for children, teenagers and freaks. But Madrid City Council is decidedly committed to the promotion of cycling as urban transport, and there is a project of a network of 274 kilometers bike lanes which will link together all Madrid districts.
There are quite a lot of 'madrileños' fond of cycling as a sport, though. For them there is the anillo verde ciclista
( green cycling ring) which goes round Madrid along 60 kilometers.
But still, cycling can be a perfect way to get to know the center of madrid, avoiding traffic jams, going up and down the metro and covering distances which would be very difficult to do on foot. The best idea is to let yourself be guided by one of the agencies in Madrid that organize bike guided tours, they will take you along safe and charming paths, away from the mad drivers .. In the summer you'd better wear good sun protection, but the routes are not too demanding, anyway. Some of the agencies also organize cycling tours in Madrid's countryside and in other parts of Spain --a country whith beautiful areas for cycling far from the beaten track.
See the daytrips section for information on sites round Madrid.
Bike tours agencies:
Bike shops for renting or repair: