The Top 50 Bike Friendly Cities in the U.S.

Wondering whether it's a good idea to ride your bike to work? Bicycling Magazine has put together a handy list of the top 50 bike friendly cities in the U.S. (Spoiler alert) Congratulations, Minneapolis, Minn.! Some of the choices are obvious—the list would be suspect if cities like San Francisco, Portland, and New York City weren't included—but others might surprise you. Did you know, for example, that over 5% of Gainesville, Florida, residents commute by bike (it's a town built around the University of Florida, after all)? Or that Fargo, North Dakota, has over 200 miles of bike paths?

All of the cities listed have populations of 100,000 or more, and California kind of got the shaft—Bicycling Magazine aimed for geographic diversity "to avoid having a list dominated by California’s many bike-oriented cities." We would also like to see some kind of ranking—surely some of these cities are superior to others. The list is handy overall, though, and clicking on each city reveals why it was picked. The magazine also has a separate list of the top 5 biking cities with populations of 100,000 or less for claustrophobic riders.

[Bicycling Magazine]

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  • Doom Taco

    Portland is very bike friendly. I don't know exact specifics on how many miles of trails/lanes, but I go downtown occasionally and I've rarely had problems. It's the suburbs you have to worry about for idiot drivers. I ride almost daily.

  • Mariah Meow

    I'm pretty sure that I have been hit by a car a day every single day in Philadelphia. We have about 6 bike lanes altogether and no one even uses them the right way.

  • Ronny Five

    More important than biking infrastructure, I think, is the general motoring population's attitude towards cyclists. You can't stay in a bike lane forever--and when you leave, will you be run down? I'd rather see a list that tried to survey that.

  • Brandon Schiwal

    As an avid cyclist and a resident of Fargo, ND. I am honestly appaled that Fargo is on this list. Just last night a group of cycling friends and I were discussing how horrible this city really is for cyclists. The bike paths we have run only along the banks of the Red River, so technically right now they are all under water. There are NO bike lanes in the city, the closest we have to bike lanes is one street with 6 blocks of signs saying "Bicycles May Use Full Lane".

    Infastructure aside, Fargo has strong cylcling community that strive to keep it alive in the few months we have good cycling weather. This is quite hard considering how we are treated by drivers on the streets of Fargo. I ride 10 miles a day to and from work each day. Every day on this trip I get honked at, fliped off, swerved at, and even spit on while riding. I have been hit once by a car when I was riding on the sidewalk, and run off the road by a driver who was not paying attention as I was riding next to him. We even had a cyclist hit and left for dead last year while riding. Bike lanes would be a great way to curb most of this behavior as most drivers seem to think bikes don't belong anywere but the sidewalk, but unfortunately we have not one bike lane in the entire city.

    Fargo is a great city to live in, and has a decent sized bike community with varying degrees of involvement. I love this city, and don't plan on moving anytime soon. Just don't call us a cycling friendly community, the only cycling friendly community in Fargo, is the cycling community itself.

  • Susie Arak

    I hope that all of the publicity these top cities are receiving encourages even more riders to get on their bikes. Hopefully I will even be able to travel to some of them with my Montague folding bicycle to experience everything first hand!