The growing popularity of bikeways (often called hike and bike trails or linear parks) in our parks continues to climb, based on our annual surveys for City Park Facts and Parkscore. Please note that parkland bikeways don’t include bike lanes, sidewalks and other on-street or off-street portions of a city bicycle network or system.
In terms of total miles Irvine leads the pack with 324 miles, Phoenix has 310 miles, Anchorage 295 miles, Scottsdale 269 miles, Jacksonville 244 miles, and Philadelphia 241 miles.
In the Per 10,000 residents column, Number one is Irvine with 13.4 miles per 10,000 residents, Scottsdale is second with 11.6 miles per 10,000 residents. Third is Anchorage with 9.7 miles per 10,000 residents.
Here are a few of our favorite bikeways, among hundreds to choose from.
- Atlanta: The Beltline
- Austin: The Butler Trail at Lady Bird Lake
- Houston: Buffalo Bayou Trail
- Little Rock: Arkansas River Trail
- Minneapolis: Grand Rounds Scenic Byway System
- Washington, DC (and beyond): C & O (Chesapeake & Ohio Canal) Towpath
Learn more about City Park trends in the 2017 edition of City Park Facts, coming in April to the Trust for Public Land website. If you have questions or comments about this or other city park facts, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The City Parks Blog is a joint project of the City Parks Alliance and the Trust for Public Land.