Top 50 Bike Friendly Cities in the US

Top 50 Bike Friendly Cities in the US

young woman on bikeThere are many unspectacular, but important things a city can do to gain consideration for this list. Maybe you’ve heard of them. Given the pace of change these days maybe you have already begun to enjoy them. Segregated bike lanes, municipal bike racks and bike boulevards are important features. Cyclists probably have the ear of the local government if you have those things in your town. The city must also support a vibrant and diverse bike culture to make the Top 50. It doesn’t hurt to have smart, savvy bike shops as well.

To put a list together, we considered only cities with populations of 100,000 or more. To avoid having a list dominated by California’s many bike-oriented cities we strove for geographical diversity. If your town isn’t named below then use this as an opportunity to do something about it. Cyclists in Miami did after their city earned a black mark in 2008. Go out and enjoy the ride if your city is one of the 50 mentioned.

1 Minneapolis, MN26 Boston, MA
2 Portland, OR27 Philadelphia, PA
3 Boulder, CO28 Pittsburgh, PA
4 Seattle, WA29 Charleston, SC
5 Eugene, OR30 Arlington, VA
6 San Francisco, CA31 Sioux Falls, SD
7 Madison, WI32 Boise, ID
8 New York City33 Kansas City, MO
9 Tucson, AZ34 Columbus, OH
10 Chicago, IL35 Tulsa, OK
11 Austin, TX36 Grand Rapids, MI
12 Denver, CO37 Billings, MT
13 Washington, DC38 St. Louis, MO
14 Ann Arbor, MI39 Cleveland, OH
15 Phoenix/Tempe, AZ40 Greensboro, NC
16 Gainesville, FL41 Lexington/Fayette, KY
17 Albuquerque, NM42 Omaha, NE
18 Colorado Springs, CO43 Salt Lake City, UT
19 Salem, OR44 Miami, FL
20 Scottsdale, AZ45 Indianapolis, IN
21 Louisville, KY46 Fargo, ND
22 Chattanooga, TN47 Anchorage, AK
23 Long Beach, CA48 Baltimore, MD
24 Cary, NC49 Little Rock, AR
25 Milwaukee, WI50 Rochester, NY

Bicycling.com referenced the Bicycling and Walking in the United States 2010 Benchmarking Report to prepare this list. The Alliance for Biking and Walking and the League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly America project prepared the report. Data included information from Mediamark Research, Inc., Dun & Bradstreet and The Nielsen Company. Information also included interviews with national and local advocates, bike shops and other experts.

Source:  Bicycling.com

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