Most Bike Friendly Cities

May 14, 2015

National Bike to Work Day is tomorrow, May 15th. With more than half of the U.S. population living within five miles of their workplace, bicycling is a feasible, healthy and fun way to get to work. From 2000 to 2013, the number of bicycle commuters in the U.S. grew by more than 62 percent. And, by riding your bike for just a 10-mile trip (one round trip to work) you will save 1/2 gallon of gas and reduce your carbon footprint by about 10 pounds according to 50 Ways to Go Green. So what are the most bike friendly cities?

Minneapolis tops the list of most bikeable cities in the U.S., according to the latest ranking of the most bike friendly cities by Walk Score®, a Redfin company. With a Bike Score of 81.3, Minneapolis has a strong lead over San Francisco (75.1) and Portland (72.0).iStock_000004913742_Large_small1

Walk Score’s updated its 2015 Bike Score ranks 154 U.S. cities and more than 10,000 neighborhoods. Several cities saw big increases in their Bike Scores since the 2013 ranking as a result of investments in infrastructure such as protected bike lanes and networks of bike paths including Chicago where the Chicago Department of Transportation launched the Divvy bike share system and expanded its on-street bike network to include more than 225 miles of bike lanes and routes. In San Francisco, cyclists have seen more protected bike lanes added over the past couple years.

“Biking is central to the healthy Minneapolis lifestyle and to a lot of people’s decisions about where to live in and around the city,” said James Garry, a Redfin agent and avid biker in Minneapolis. “In the past year, several of my clients have chosen to buy smaller houses in South Minneapolis rather than larger, similarly priced ones in the suburbs, simply so they could bike to work during the week and around Lake Harriet on weekends.”3132722772_c767ecc5e1_z

So just which are the most bike friendly cities? Here’s a list of the top 15 according to Walk Score:

  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, CA

Want to check out more great bike friendly cities? Click here for Walk Score’s complete ranking of more than 150 cities and 10,000 neighborhoods.

Enjoy the ride!

Photo credits: ; Minneapolis bikers-photo provided by Redfin.com; Bikes-Photo Credit: Flickr/ Jill, Jellidonut

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