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Bicycling's Top 50 Bike Friendly Cities

Published April 13, 2010

EMMAUS, PA (BRAIN)—Bicycling Magazine has released "America's Top 50 Bike Friendly Cities."

There are many important things a city can do to gain Bicycling's consideration for this list: segregated bike lanes, municipal bike racks and bike boulevards, to name a few.

If you have those things in your town, cyclists probably have the ear of the local government—another key factor. To make Bicycling's Top 50, a city must also support a vibrant and diverse bike culture, and it must have smart, savvy bike shops.

(Note: Bicycling only considered cities with populations of 100,000 or more, and the magazine strove for geographical diversity to avoid having a list dominated by California’s many bike-oriented cities.)

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

(To prepare this list, Bicycling referenced the Bicycling and Walking in the United States 2010 Benchmarking Report, prepared by the Alliance for Biking and Walking; the League of American Bicyclists Bicycle Friendly America project; data from Mediamark Research, Inc., Dun & Bradstreet and The Nielsen Company; and advice from national and local bike advocates.)

Topics associated with this article: Media/Publishing

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