Top Bicycle-Friendly Cities USA

The following are the Top 50 bike-friendly cites in the U.S. (source: Bicycling):

1. Minneapolis, MN (www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/bicycles)

2. Portland, OR (www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/34772)

3. Boulder, CO (https://bouldercolorado.gov/goboulder/bike)

4. Seattle, WA (www.seattle.gov/transportation/bikeprogram.htm)

5. Eugene, OR (www.eugene-or.gov/bicycles)

6. San Francisco, CA (www.sfbike.org)

7. Madison, WI (www.cityofmadison.com/bikeMadison/)

8. Tucson, AZ (http://biketucson.pima.gov)

9. New York, NY (www.bikenewyork.org)

10. Chicago, IL (www.chicagobikes.org)

11. Austin, TX (www.lobv.org)

12. Denver, CO (www.bikedenver.org)

13. Washington, DC (www.waba.org)

14. Ann Arbor, MI (www.wbwc.org)

15. Phoenix/Tempe, AZ (www.biketempe.org)

16. Gainesville, FL (www.visitgainesville.com/get-outdoors/biking)

17. Albuquerque, NM (www.cabq.gov/parksandrecreation/recreation/bike/bicycling)

18. Colorado Springs, CO (www.bikesprings.org)

19. Salem, OR (www.salembicycleclub.org)

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• Richmond, VA

• Durham, NC

• Raleigh, NC

• Fayetteville, NC

• Wilmington, NC

• Myrtle Beach, SC

• Charleston, SC

• Savannah, GA

• Jacksonville, FL

• Miami, FL

• Key West, FL

20. Scottsdale, AZ (www.scottsdaleaz.gov/traffic/alttransmethod/bikeways)

21. Louisville, KY (www.louisvilleky.gov/bikelouisville)

22. Chattanooga, TN (www.chattbike.com)

23. Long Beach, CA (www.bikelongbeach.org)

24. Cary, NC (www.townofcary.org)

25. Milwaukee, WI (http://city.milwaukee.gov/bike)

26. Boston, MA (www.cityofboston.gov/bikes)

27. Philadelphia, PA (www.bicyclecoalition.org)

28. Pittsburgh, PA (www.bike-pgh.org)

29. Charleston, SC (www.charlestonmoves.org)

30. Arlington, VA (www.bikearlington.com)

31. Sioux Falls, SD (www.siouxfalls.org/parks/bike.aspx)

32. Boise, ID (www.boisebicycleproject.org)

33. Kansas City, MO (www.kcbike.info)

34. Columbus, OH (www.ohiobikeways.net/columbus.htm)

35. Tulsa, OK (www.bikewalktulsa.org)

36. Grand Rapids, MI (www.bikegrandrapids.org)

37. Billings, MT (http://bikenet.org/)

38. St. Louis, MO (www.stlbiking.com)

39. Cleveland, OH (www.bikecleveland.org)

40. Greensboro, NC (www.bikegso.org)

41. Lexington-Fayette, KY (www.traillink.com/city/lexington-fayette-ky-trails.aspx)

42. Omaha, NE (www.bikeomaha.blogspot.com)

43. Salt Lake City, UT (www.slcgov.com/bike)

44. Miami/Miami Beach, FL (www.greenmobilitynetwork.org)

45. Indianapolis, IN (www.indy.gov)

46. Fargo, ND (www.gncycles.com)

47. Anchorage, AK (www.bicycleanchorage.org)

48. Baltimore, MD (www.baltobikeclub.org)

49. Little Rock, AR (www.bikelr.com)

50. Rochester, NY (https://rbc.wildapricot.org/)

A May 2015 assessment by Forbes ranked the most bike-friendly cities in the U.S. as follows:

1. Minneapolis, MN

2. San Francisco, CA

3. Portland, OR

4. Denver, CO

5. Boston, MA

6. Chicago, IL

7. Washington, DC

8. Sacramento, CA

9. Tucson, AZ

10. Philadelphia, PA

11. Long Beach, CA

12. New York, NY

13. Seattle, WA

14. Oakland, CA

15. Aurora, IL

16. New Orleans, LA

17. Miami, FL

18. Albuquerque, NM

19. Mesa, CA

20. Santa Ana, CA

Bike-Sharing Programs

Bike-sharing programs have long been popular in many major European cities. The first bike-sharing programs were launched in the U.S. in the late-1990s; all were abandoned after pilot runs. The first permanent public bike-rental programs in the U.S. were launched in Washington, D.C., and Louisville, Kentucky, in 2008. These programs spurred other cities to look at the concept; by 2012, about two dozen major cities had developed plans for their own program. In 2015, the Earth Policy Institute (www.epi.org) estimated there were more than 37,000 shared bikes in over 36 states.

Approximately 2,500 bike-sharing stations were installed in cities across the U.S. in 2015. The following cities had the most stations (source: The Washington Post):

Washington, DC (regional): 347

New York, NY: 328

Chicago, IL: 300

Minneapolis, MN (regional): 169

Boston, MA (regional): 140

Miami/Miami Beach, FL: 128

San Diego, CA: 117

Denver, CO: 83

San Francisco, CA (regional): 70

San Antonio, TX: 53

Seattle, WA: 49

Austin, TX: 45

Boulder, CO: 38

Fort Worth, TX: 34

Chattanooga, TN: 33

Columbus, OH: 30

Madison, WI: 29

Cincinnati, OH: 29

Houston, TX: 28

Indianapolis, IN: 26

Market Resources

Adventure Cycling Association, 150 East Pine Street, P.O. Box 8308, Missoula, MT 59807. (800) 755-2453. (www.adventurecycling.org)

East Coast Greenway, 5315 Highgate Drive, Suite 105, Durham, NC 27713.

(919) 797-0619. (www.greenway.org)

International Mountain Bicycling Association, P.O. Box 20280, Boulder, CO 80308. (303) 545-9011. (www.imba.com)

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, 2121 Ward Court NW, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20037. (202) 331-9696. (www.railstotrails.org)

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