Takin’ It On 2 Wheels: Top 10 Most Bikeable US Cities

Takin’ It On 2 Wheels: Top 10 Most Bikeable US Cities


Here’s a sad little fact for you all: I was unable to ride a bike until I was about 14 years old. My sense of balance must have been very slow to develop, because anytime I tried to take the training wheels off as a child I would immediately topple over into the nearest mailbox. Eventually I got the hang of it, but the experience of telling my friends I couldn’t ride with them to the local Dairy Queen because I had remedial biking skills has left me with an irrational anger toward cyclists that I should probably work out with a therapist.

So, when I found out that this week is Bike to Work Week (and that all of May is National Bike Month), I was not as excited as your average city commuter. As much as I’d love to enjoy a little transportation al fresco, I simply can’t bring myself to straddle the mechanism that caused me so much childhood trauma and pedal through Midtown Manhattan – nevermind the fact that I’d be left with helmet hair and that lingering seat ache in my special place all day.

But as I said, I’m trying to work through my issues and open my heart to the possibility that one day I will glide effortlessly down a bike lane. And according to Walk Score’s recently updated list of the 10 most bikeable US cities, I’ll have plenty of places to do it if/when that day comes:

10 Most Bike-Friendly Large Cities in the United States:

1. Portland
2. San Francisco
3. Denver
4. Philadelphia
5. Boston
6. Washington D.C.
7. Seattle
8. Tucson
9. New York
10. Chicago

It should be noted that this is a ranking of only cities with a population of over 500,000, and smaller cities like Cambridge, MA and Minneapolis, MN are technically more bike friendly.

We’ll see if I can meet my goal for National Bike Month and get on a bicycle without having a panic attack, but what about you? Do you plan to take advantage of Bike to Work Week, you normal cycling adult whom I loathe?

photo credit: Mikael Colville-Andersen via photopin cc



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