Top 50 Bike Friendly Cities in the US
There 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, MN||26 Boston, MA|
|2 Portland, OR||27 Philadelphia, PA|
|3 Boulder, CO||28 Pittsburgh, PA|
|4 Seattle, WA||29 Charleston, SC|
|5 Eugene, OR||30 Arlington, VA|
|6 San Francisco, CA||31 Sioux Falls, SD|
|7 Madison, WI||32 Boise, ID|
|8 New York City||33 Kansas City, MO|
|9 Tucson, AZ||34 Columbus, OH|
|10 Chicago, IL||35 Tulsa, OK|
|11 Austin, TX||36 Grand Rapids, MI|
|12 Denver, CO||37 Billings, MT|
|13 Washington, DC||38 St. Louis, MO|
|14 Ann Arbor, MI||39 Cleveland, OH|
|15 Phoenix/Tempe, AZ||40 Greensboro, NC|
|16 Gainesville, FL||41 Lexington/Fayette, KY|
|17 Albuquerque, NM||42 Omaha, NE|
|18 Colorado Springs, CO||43 Salt Lake City, UT|
|19 Salem, OR||44 Miami, FL|
|20 Scottsdale, AZ||45 Indianapolis, IN|
|21 Louisville, KY||46 Fargo, ND|
|22 Chattanooga, TN||47 Anchorage, AK|
|23 Long Beach, CA||48 Baltimore, MD|
|24 Cary, NC||49 Little Rock, AR|
|25 Milwaukee, WI||50 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.
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