Biking is becoming a popular choice among commuters wishing to get in shape and decrease their impact on the environment. Many cities have embraced cycling and implemented measures to ensure safety for bikers as well as divers. Here are five cities doing a great job of creating bike-friendly atmospheres.
The League of American Bicyclists praises Portland for its bike-friendly infrastructure with bike lanes, bike-safe intersections, a bike share system, and bike paths. Portland boasts the highest per-capita number of cyclists, and among 70 of the largest U.S. cities, it has the highest percentage of bike commuters, according to Time Magazine.
Cyclists ride all year in Minneapolis, which is right behind Portland for the highest percentage of bike commuters in large U.S. cities. Minneapolis has 120 miles of bike paths, well-marked bike lanes, bike- and pedestrian-friendly bridges, and a bike sharing program.
Washington, D.C. was one of the first cities to implement a bike sharing program, and it also has a huge percentage of bicycle commuters. D.C. has installed bike lanes and paved trails perfect for commuting and leisure.
New York City, New York
At first, riding a bike in New York traffic seems terrifying, but the city has actively made biking easier and safer for cyclists. New York’s bike sharing program began in 2013, and the city has hundreds of miles of bike lanes.
San Francisco, California
San Francisco’s public transportation allows bikes on BART trains, and it continues to create bike lanes all over the city.
Several other bike-friendly cities include:
- Chicago, Illinois
- Boulder, Colorado
- Seattle, Washington
- Austin, Texas
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