The 50 Best Bike Cities of 2016
The coolest discovery from our biennial roundup of the best places to ride in the United States? Cycling in America has never been better. These bike-friendly cities are leading the charge for safer (and livelier) streets.
SEPTEMBER 19, 2016
Every two years, we sift through Census and department of transportation data on more than 100 cities, consult with experts from organizations such as People for Bikes, the Alliance for Biking & Walking, and the League of American Bicyclists, and talk with bike advocates and everyday riders to identify the 50 most bike-friendly towns in the United States. We look at everything from miles of bike lanes to the percentage of cycling commuters who are female—a key indicator of safe bike infrastructure—to the number of cyclist-friendly bars. The goal is not only to help you plan your next relocation but also to inspire riders and municipalities to advocate for change. (“Shaming works,” admits one city planner we spoke to this year.) Here are the 50 cities that made the cut this year—how does your town measure up?
Additional reporting by Danielle Zickl