Cycling is the best way to explore Lisbon and the surrounding areas. Each year more and more eco-friendly and traffic-free cycling routes are being created although most are yet to join up. Cycling on Portuguese roads is safe, drivers are considerate to cyclists and in general will give way. At the end of 2016 plans were unveiled in Lisbon to double the one hundred kilometres of dedicated cycle paths. The hilly nature of Lisbon may seem off-putting to someone thinking about hiring a bike, they many decide to follow the flatter route of the river, however, there are a number of electric bike hire companies and hotels who will take much of the effort out of ascending Lisbon's hills.