Bicycline magazine is out with its list of the United States’ Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities. The top ten are, in order: Minneapolis, Portland, Boulder, Seattle, Eugene (Oregon), San Francisco, Madison (Wisc.), New York, Tuscon and Chicago.
Reading through the top 50, it’s not hard to see that a great park system contributes to these rankings — excellent trails, greenways and linkages all are factors. In the more auto-oriented cities, the trails and parks are likely their saving grace in making them bike-friendly. For example, Sioux Falls is on the list, with its extensive trail system circling the city through parks and along waterways. Also on the list is Chattanooga, which has worked hard to develop new parks and trails along the Tennessee River. Below is a map from the magazine showing all the cities on the list.
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