Cycling is great where ever you are – but let’s face it: Some places are better than others. Some have cleaner air, some have better bike-friendly highways, and some have better scenery. The choice is ultimately up to you, but you do have many choices throughout the USA to go on a cycling adventure. Below are the best cycling cities in the USA.
In April, shortly after his re-election, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Chicago would build 50 miles of bikeways—many of them physically separated from motor vehicles—over the next three years. Further, many of Chicago’s existing bollard-protected bike lanes are currently being rebuilt with concrete curbs.
Over the last four years, San Francisco has added miles of new and high quality cycling facilities, and seen a resulting surge in ridership. According to the most recent Census data, the number of people commuting by bike in San Francisco increased by 16 percent between 2012 and 2014. In 2015, San Francisco installed 800 new bike racks, including one bike corral that doubles as a city mural. And, in 2017, when the Bay Area Bike Share completes a massive expansion, San Francisco will boast one of the nation’s densest bike share networks, with 4,500 bikes in the city itself and more than 7,000 across the region.
According to US Census data, the percentage of residents who commute by bike increased by 27 percent between 2013 and 2014 to 7.2 percent in total. The city is aiming to complete its 20s bikeway in 2017, adding 9 more miles to its 86-mile network of streets prioritizing bike riders.
New York City
Following the citywide reduction of speed limits to 25 mph, traffic fatalities subsequently fell 22 percent. Earlier this year the city announced it planned to complete protected bike lane projects in all five boroughs in 2016, as well as add 50 more miles of bike lanes, including 15 miles with some form of protection. The result of this investment in biking? Across the city, ridership increased by 83 percent between 2010 and 2014, according to a recent report from the NYDOT. Additionally, data from Citi Bike, the country’s largest and most popular bike-share system, shows that in Midtown bicycle speeds now outpace cabs by 2 mph.
The city had unveiled a progressive new master plan for biking, and a new transportation levy that would allot nearly a billion dollars over nine years for bicycle and pedestrian improvements was on the ballot. But the city continues to be making efforts to boost Pronto’s waning ridership. It’s seeking to dramatically expand the the number of stations and add as many as 2,500 bikes, including some electric-assist models, to the system—an innovative solution to flatten the notoriously hilly city.