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Published on February 27th, 2013 | by Cynthia Shahan

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36 U.S. Cities Ranked On Their Bikeability

February 27th, 2013 by  


This article was originally published on Bikocity:

bike-trail-florida-nokomisI get lost in a time warp playing with this bike score map. What a pleasant diversion and a bit of fun after being outside on my bike for hours this evening. The map is interesting and useful. Especially diverse and informative are the comments at the side of the scoring of a city. Those comments vary as we bikers vary, so many different styles — one person happy, another not so much, with more complaints and needs not yet met.

Yes, we have some great winners in the Walk Score rankings of the “Bikeability of Every Address in 36 Cities.” I expected much of what I found; however, let’s really applaud those Minneapolis bikers for leading the country. Like our Danish role models, cold does not change their passion for biking, and the rest of us are trailing behind.

Minneapolis top bicycle city.

Walk Score published it bikeability rankings last spring, but they were only at the citywide level. You can also plug in your address, and come up with a custom rating for your own address with Walk Score. By using an algorithm that takes into account factors such as bike infrastructure, topography, and the number of cyclists on the streets, Walk Score has released “Bike Scores” for addresses in 25 American cities and 11 Canadian cities.

Walk Score’s first 25 bike-scored U.S. cities include the top 10 vote-getters, the top 10 most bikeable cities they had scored this spring, and five others selected for mysterious reasons.

The full list is:

  • Cincinnati = Bike Score 37
  • Austin = Bike Score 45
  • Pittsburgh = Bike Score 39
  • Philadelphia = Bike Score 68
  • Miami = Bike Score 57
  • Oakland = Bike Score 57
  • Houston = Bike Score 49
  • Los Angeles = Bike Score 54
  • Eugene = Bike Score 75
  • San Diego = Bike Score 48
  • Ann Arbor =Bike Score 76
  • Boulder = Bike Score 86
  • Fort Collins = Bike Score 78
  • Tempe = Bike Score 75
  • Tyler = Bike Score 38
  • Minneapolis = Bike Score 79
  • Portland = Bike Score 70
  • San Francisco = Bike Score 70
  • Boston = Bike Score 68
  • Madison = Bike Score 67
  • Washington, DC = Bike Score 65
  • Seattle = Bike Score 64
  • Tucson = Bike Score 64
  • New York = Bike Score 62
  • Chicago = Bike Score 62

Here are some major landmarks for some extra fun: the US Capitol got a Bike Score of 89, Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell got a Bike Score of 96, and UCLA got a Bike Score of 55.

Image Credits: Minneapolis bicyclists by ibikempls (some rights reserved); Liberty bike trail in Florida by Cynthia Shahan 
 
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About the Author

Cynthia Shahan started writing by doing research as a social cultural and sometimes medical anthropology thinker. She studied and practiced both Waldorf education, and Montessori education. Eventually becoming an organic farmer, licensed AP, and mother of four unconditionally loving spirits, teachers, and environmentally conscious beings born with spiritual insights and ethics beyond this world. (She was able to advance more in this way led by her children.)



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