World’s best cycling cities

If you’re traveling abroad and want to find the best cities for bike riding, check out this guide.

Utrecht, Netherlands

As in all Dutch cities, visitors from places with a more belligerent traffic culture might be struck at how normal it all feels.

Cycling in Utrecht is treated on par with walking, with helmets and high-visibility garments rarely used, not least because of the protection offered by segregated cycle lanes.

Southwest begins Mexico service

Southwest is starting US-Mexico service from several different cities, including one from the Houston Hobby International Terminal.

Southwest Airlines has launched daily Orange County/Santa Ana-San Jose del Cabo/Los Cabos, Mexico, and Cancun-Atlanta and -Baltimore/Washington service. Southwest begins Saturday-only Milwaukee-Cancun service Aug. 16.

Southwest said its new international terminal at Houston Hobby Airport should be open by the fourth quarter of next year, at which point the carrier will seek “to offer a broad range of competitive US carrier services from Houston to points in Mexico as well as destinations in the Caribbean and South America.”

DFW International Airport and Dallas Area Rapid Transit launch light rail 

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Area Rapid Transit announced the start of service connecting downtown Dallas via DFW Airport.

The 5-mile segment which opened today links DFW Airport to DART’s Belt Line Station, with continuing service to major regional destinations including Irving-Las Colinas, Dallas Market Center and downtown Dallas. With this opening, DFW Airport becomes the third-busiest American airport with a direct rail connection to the city center.

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