Monday, May 21, 2012

Portland again nation's top bike-friendly city

To figure out the top 50 bike-friendly cities for 2012, the magazine "evaluated cities with populations of 95,000 or more, using data provided by the Alliance for Biking and Walking and the League of American Bicyclists, as well as input from local advocates and bike-ped coordinators," wrote Ian Dille.

In many circles, Bicycling's bike-friendly city rankings are considered
the most thoroughly researched and legitimate. The annual announcement is treated like the Oscars by the nation's bike advocates.

In order to place, a city needed to possess both "a robust cycling infrastructure and a vibrant bike culture."

Portland, of course, has that in spades for years. So does Eugene, which ranked ninth.

Here's what Bicycling said about stumptown:

"After being named runner-up in our last round of best bike city rankings in 2010, Portland reclaims the top spot. The only large city to earn Platinum status from the League of American Bicyclists is a paragon of bike-friendliness, with 180 miles of bike lanes and 79 miles of off-street bike paths. Always quick to embrace cyclist-friendly innovations, Portland was the first city in the United States to implement bike boxes at intersections and elementary-school bike commuting trains. Among the city's many bike shops is newcomer Go By Bike, which is located under the aerial tram and offers valet parking, rentals, and repairs."

Rounding out the Top 10:

2. Minneapolis
3. Boulder
4. Washington, D.C.
5. Chicago (which I think should be ranked higher)
6. Madison
7. New York City
8. San Francisco
9. Eugene
10. Seattle (Strange, considering our sister city to the north has the nation's second highest rate of daily bicycle commuting.)

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