The Best Biking Cities in the U.S. and Canada

The fact that U.S. cities aren’t exactly bike-friendly (by European standards anyway) isn’t anything new, but with the ever-growing number of people opting to bike for pleasure and transport shows promising signs of improvement like an increase in protected bike lanes and cycle tracks.

map of DC showing hills in the area.
map of DC showing hills in the area.
Cue in Bike Score, brought to you by the same folks who brought you Walk Score, so you can see just how horrible or awesome cities in the U.S. and Canada are in terms of their bike-awesomeness.

It’s pretty extensive, with information including bike lanes, and a heat map that even shows you bikeability.

I always thought Portland was basically King of bike-awesomeness, but apparently, according to Bike Score, that title belongs to Minneapolis. Say wha~t?!

Other cities considered the most bikeable in the U.S.:

Coming in at number 2: Portland (so I was close)
3: San Francisco
4: Boston
5: Madison
6: Washington, D.C.
7: Seattle
8: Tuscon
9: New York
10: Chicago

Let’s keep it rollin’.

What’s the bike score where you live? Are there any specific improvements you’d like to see, or is your city peachy keen?

Living in the D.C. (bike score of 65) area, I’m excited about all the improvements being made like the recently opened L-street cycle track, but I’m looking forward to more of what Maryland is planning on doing. Montgomery County wants a bike share program, but it needs to make some serious improvements in general bike infrastructure so we’ll see how that turns out.

Also, like one of the commenters pointed out on the site, it’d be nice if they added parts of the Maryland and Virginia suburbs that make up the D.C.-metro area to get a (possibly) more accurate glimpse of bikeability, considering plenty of us live in places like Silver Spring, Bethesda, or Arlington and commute into or through the District.

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