Top 10 Bike-Friendly Cities in the United States

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In a recent article, we have talked about Green Infrastructure and what it can do for the environment and the community. We discussed how it impacts the bicycling community in a big way. Today, we will talk about the top 10 bike-friendly cities in the United States.

According to the latest rankings from Bike Score®, the cities listed below are the most bike-friendly cities in the United States. Bike Score® is a tool created by Walk Score®. It’s a Redfin company.

This incredible tool rates the bike accessibility of neighborhoods, cities, and addresses. They base the score on different factors. Bike lanes are included in the factors. It also factors in the hilliness.

The tool also looks at cities where people can easily accomplish their daily errands using their bicycles. These cities score 90 points and above as bike-friendly cities, using Bike Score®. They also look at cities’ bike infrastructures and where biking trips are most convenient.

Minneapolis is at the top spot. Followed by: Portland, Oregon, and Chicago. These are the top 3 most bike-friendly cities in the United States. Minneapolis scored 84 points, and Portland scored 82.

The local government for both cities were committed to creating new bike infrastructure, making them both top scorers. The goal is to widen the bike infrastructure to create a better environment. They also aim to improve health and affordability for their local residents and increase safety in the streets.

Currently, Minneapolis boasts hundreds of miles of cycling lanes for both on-street and off-street. On the other hand, Portland’s bike plan will be fully implemented by the year 2030. The plan is set to include hundreds of miles of bikeways. 

These bicycle infrastructures will be helpful in improving Green Infrastructure on these cities. It will also help not just cyclists, but pedestrians too. Furthermore, it will improve public transit for everyone.

Rank in the US City Bike Score®
1st Minneapolis, MN 84
2nd Portland, OR 82
3rd Chicago, IL 73
4th Denver, CO 73
5th San Francisco, CA 72
6th Boston, MA 70
7th Seattle, WA 70
8th New York, NY 70
9th Washington, D.C. 69
10th Long Beach, CA 69

In the list of the most bike-friendly cities, the top 4 on the spot is Denver with a score of 73. This spot is followed by San Francisco, scoring 72. Boston comes in next with 70 points followed by Seattle with 70.

New York comes in 8th plac with 70 points, and Washington, D.C, with 69. Last on the top 10 list is Long Beach, California with 69 points as well. Sacramento is at 11th place. All this top bike-friendly cities aim to do better with their bike infrastructure for their local residents.

Many cities, not just in the United States, but all over the world are aiming to add more Green Infrastructure. This will help create a better environment for everyone and more bike-friendly cities all over the world.

Why We Need More Bike Infrastructure 

Bicycle lanes and bike infrastructure may seem like it is only beneficial to cyclists, but that’s simply not the case. Here is a list of reasons why we need more bike infrastructure and more bike-friendly cities:

It Makes the Streets Safer for Everyone

That’s right, bike infrastructure is not just for cyclists. It helps reduce the frequency of accidents, and crashes. 

With more bike lanes, there is less traffic in the streets. This makes it less chaotic, and thus, it is safer for everyone. 

Not only that, but it also helps put more distance between pedestrians and the road. Pedestrians will not be in close contact with motor vehicles while crossing the street. 

Trips Go Smoother

Bike lanes help keep the chaos in the streets at bay. With bicycle lanes, the streets are more organized, and vehicles are not fighting over the same space. 

There is Less Traffic Congestion

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This is probably one of the most obvious reasons why bike lanes are important. Traffic congestion is bad in most cities, and bicycles will lead the way to less roadway congestion.

If there are more access to bike lanes, people will have more viable traffic options. It will lessen the need for vehicles and cars for their daily commute. Thus, there will be less traffic. 

It Benefits Local Businesses

According to the New York City Department of Transportation, there was a 49% increase in local businesses after installing protected bike lanes to 9th Avenue. However, this is not only happening in New York.

Large cities have also reported increase in sales and popularity for local businesses wherever bike lanes are installed. This shows that streets with protected bike lanes are more prone to get foot traffic from cyclists. More foot traffic equals better business.

Communities Becomes More Livable

When you look at a community, one of the most important things to consider is the safety of the environment. As we have mentioned earlier, bike infrastructures help promote that.

But not only that, bike lanes make cities more attractive. This is because cities with more bike lanes have better air quality, and less noise pollution. 

Communities with more bicycles are also friendlier. This is because there is a higher chance that your neighbors will stop by for a conversation when they see you in the streets. 

It Helps The Environment

Bike lanes promote cycling. Cycling promotes less use for vehicles and cars. Because of this, there is bound to be a decrease in pollution. And as you know, less air pollution is better for the environment.

And with the ongoing crisis for Global Warming, we could all use a little less pollution. It’s good for the environment, and it’s good for us. 

Bicycling is the best way to go!

These are only some of the best reasons why bicycling is the best way to go. So, the next time you pick up your keys to go somewhere, consider using your bicycle. It’s a great way to get some cardio in, too, on top of the other great benefits we have listed above.

That’s it for this article. If you want to read more about cycling, keep following us. See you on the next week!

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