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homebucket May 26, 2022 5:15 PM

Most Bike Friendly:

1. Portland
2. San Francisco
3. San Jose
4. Minneapolis
5. Sacramento
6. Denver
7. Washington DC
8. Boston
9. Salt Lake City
10. Seattle
11. New York City
12. New Orleans
13. Chicago
14. San Diego
15. Tampa

Least Bike Friendly:
1. Dallas
2. Birmingham
3. Atlanta
4. Nashville
5. Riverside
6. Memphis
7. Oklahoma City
8. Las Vegas
9. Detroit
10. St. Louis

Quote:

The Most Bike-Friendly Cities in the U.S. (2022 Data)
Written by Taelor Candiloro
May 23rd, 2022

Since the invention of the penny-farthing pedaled bicycling into mainstream fashion, cycling has been a favorite mode of transportation across the globe. However, the recent need for socially distant transportation and health-conscious community transit systems has inspired a surge in cycling.

In fact, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that cities across the U.S. saw a surge in cycling traffic after the pandemic began, prompting a bicycle shortage as many Americans found cycling to be a reprieve from at-home isolation or a socially distant solution to their commutes.

Whether you're a cycling enthusiast or a first-time pedal pusher, cycling is a great way to get a low-impact workout while also reducing your transportation costs. But if you're considering switching to a two-wheel commute — or hoping to relocate to find better biking resources — it's worth asking an important question: Which cities are the most bike-friendly in the U.S.?

To find out, we analyzed data from the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. National Centers for Environmental Information, Walk Score, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Vision Zero Network, Google Trends, and Yelp.

Our weighted rankings include:

4x: Bikeability score, a measure of how traversable a city is by bicycle
4x: Percent of workers commuting to work by bicycle
3x: No. of shops per 100,000 people offering bicycles for purchase/bicycle repair services
3x: No. of shops per 100,000 people offering bike rental services
2x: No. of biking trails per 100,000 people
2x: No. of bike share docking stations per 100,000 people
2x: Status as a Vision Zero Community (committed to transit safety)
1x: Google search trends for bicycle-related terms in each metro
-1x: No. of days per year the city experiences precipitation
-1x: No. of days per year the city experiences unsafe air quality
https://anytimeestimate.com/research...ities-us-2022/

shivtim May 31, 2022 6:58 PM

Atlanta Beltline update

The majority of the Beltline trail is completed or under construction. The Northwest section, which has progressed the least, had a finalized alignment this month. Funding is in hand to complete all trail sections - although the transit component is planned but not fully funded yet.

https://beltlineorg-wpengine.netdna-...R-1024x801.jpg

shivtim Jun 7, 2022 4:28 PM

Major sections of the Atlanta trolley trail will start construction next month. Will provide good east/west route and connect a few existing off-street cycle track segments.

https://atlanta.urbanize.city/sites/...?itok=InP_vteL

https://atlanta.urbanize.city/sites/...?itok=PL_KKtGG

mrnyc Jun 28, 2022 8:05 PM

the terrorist bikers don't dismount anyway, so whatever -- :shrug:


Advocates urge MTA to lift bike ban on Cross Bay, RFK bridges immediately

more:
https://www.amny.com/transit/advocat...cross-bay-rfk/

https://www.amny.com/wp-content/uplo...22/06/RFK.jpeg
To cross the RFK Bridge cyclists currently need to dismount and walk their bikes over the 1.25-mile long stretch.
File photo by Marisol Diaz-Gordon

mrnyc Jul 8, 2022 1:49 AM

los angeles does the unthinkable and pilots closing a road!

yes its griffith park, but hey good for them:


https://news.yahoo.com/l-just-banned...120009675.html

M II A II R II K Jul 10, 2022 12:13 AM

How bike parking pods could make US cities better for cyclists

https://www.technologyreview.com/202...-pods-cyclists

Quote:

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- In 2015, Brooklyn resident Shabazz Stuart regularly biked to his job at a local business improvement district. Then his bicycle was stolen, the third case of two-wheeled larceny he’d experienced in five years. The theft sent him back to mass transit while he saved up money to buy a replacement. It also put him on a new career path. — Stuart and cofounder J. Manuel Mansyll developed a kit that can make modular parking “pods” to store anywhere from eight to 80 bicycles or scooters in a spot that’s protected from rain and theft. Each pod is operated with a smart access system that can be controlled with a keycard or a smartphone. The units are outfitted with security cameras, and insurance against theft is provided for users. Membership is free.

- New York City began investing in bike lanes under the mayorship of Michael Bloomberg in the early 2000s, hoping to increase the proportion of people traveling by bike, but the question of where to put all those vehicles was never adequately addressed. As he built Oonee, Stuart looked at New York’s practices with a newly skeptical eye. — In other wealthy nations, he learned in his own research, many governments invest in cycling infrastructure much more comprehensively than even the most progressive US cities. If local policymakers weren’t addressing cyclists’ vulnerability to theft and the elements, how serious were they about encouraging bike transport? — “You cannot have a conversation about land use, outdoor dining, open streets, pedestrian plazas, bus lanes, without talking about car parking,” says Stuart. “It’s incredible to think we can have a serious conversation about biking as transportation without talking about bike parking.”

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https://wp.technologyreview.com/wp-c...g?fit=1064,598

mrnyc Aug 2, 2022 2:07 PM

new manhattan bike lane on the west side highway?


https://nypost.com/2022/08/02/manhat...-side-highway/

TempleGuy1000 Aug 2, 2022 5:39 PM

It doesn't look like it was posted before, but the new section of the Delaware River trail that runs from Pier 70 in South Philadelphia to Penn Treat Park in Fishtown is done and open. It's completely separated from vehicle traffic which is the most important thing. Trees and landscaping need to grow in, but it looks good imo.

https://i.imgur.com/2rEXNcDl.png

https://i.imgur.com/mqLVu5dh.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/Ybu92oLl.png

Video Link

mrnyc Aug 26, 2022 7:52 PM

NYC uses $7M federal grant to plan more greenways in underserved communities

By Kevin Duggan
Posted on August 22, 2022


Mayor Eric Adams is targeting areas with a lack of good transportation and jobs for an expansion of the city’s greenway network, using $7.25 million in federal infrastructure funding to plan for the new bike paths.

The grant money comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation and pays for the city to devise a “vision plan” to fill gaps in New York City’s greenways.

“All New Yorkers deserve access to our beautiful greenways, and we’re making that happen thanks to millions in federal funding,” Mayor Adams said in a Monday release. “This grant will help us do the necessary planning to make the city greener and more bike-friendly in the communities that most need that infrastructure.”



more:
https://www.amny.com/politics/7m-gra...d-communities/

202_Cyclist Oct 3, 2022 12:33 PM

Proposed bicycle-pedestrian bridge over Potomac receives $20 million in federal funding

By Jo DeVoe
ARL Now
Sept. 30, 2022

https://s26551.pcdn.co/wp-content/up...2-1260x840.jpg
The future start of a new pedestrian and bicycle bridge into D.C. (staff photo by Jay Westcott)


"A proposed bridge for bicyclists and pedestrians between Crystal City and the Southwest Waterfront area of D.C. has received $20 million in federal funding to move forward.

When complete, the 16-foot-wide shared-use path will connect Long Bridge Park and East and West Potomac parks via the Mount Vernon Trail.

On the Virginia side, the bridge will be located behind the Long Bridge Park Aquatics & Fitness Center (333 Long Bridge Drive), which opened last year. It will eventually provide a connection to the expanded and relocated Virginia Railway Express (VRE) station set to open in 2024..."

https://www.arlnow.com/2022/09/30/pr...deral-funding/

jmecklenborg Oct 3, 2022 1:46 PM

The only significant gap in the trail between Columbus and Cincinnati (with the exception of the 5-mile approach to DT Cincinnati) was closed in September with the opening of a new bridge across the Little Miami River:
https://www.wcpo.com/news/local-news...g-construction

So now approximately 122 of the 127 miles between Cincinnati and Columbus are complete. The wheels are finally turning to build the downtown approach, which will parallel a very lightly used railroad track (2-3 trains per week) on an almost entirely grade separated route between Lunken Airport and DT Cincinnati.

This rail corridor was rebuilt in its current form as a two-track fully-grade separated route around 1912 and features a bunch of riveted overpasses, pedestrian underpasses, and other old-school stuff. It was big-time for its era.

The line used to connect across Cincinnati's riverfront but that link was severed in the late 1990s. It now has just two customers and operates as a spur. The second track is still there but probably hasn't been used since that time. The bike trail is going to take the place of the disused track and will be separated from the active track with a fence.

202_Cyclist Oct 3, 2022 2:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jmecklenborg (Post 9749398)
The only significant gap in the trail between Columbus and Cincinnati (with the exception of the 5-mile approach to DT Cincinnati) was closed in September with the opening of a new bridge across the Little Miami River:
https://www.wcpo.com/news/local-news...g-construction

So now approximately 122 of the 127 miles between Cincinnati and Columbus are complete. The wheels are finally turning to build the downtown approach, which will parallel a very lightly used railroad track (2-3 trains per week) on an almost entirely grade separated route between Lunken Airport and DT Cincinnati.

This rail corridor was rebuilt in its current form as a two-track fully-grade separated route around 1912 and features a bunch of riveted overpasses, pedestrian underpasses, and other old-school stuff. It was big-time for its era.

The line used to connect across Cincinnati's riverfront but that link was severed in the late 1990s. It now has just two customers and operates as a spur. The second track is still there but probably hasn't been used since that time. The bike trail is going to take the place of the disused track and will be separated from the active track with a fence.

Is there a good way to bike from Pittsburgh to Columbus? It would be a great trip to do the Alleghany Gap ride from DC to Pittsburgh and then to continue on to Columbus and Cinncinati.

mrnyc Oct 4, 2022 11:53 AM

A bike lane built on Queens’ Skillman Avenue significantly bolstered businesses in the area, according to a Streetsblog analysis. This comes after heavy pushback from critics who had predicted that the exact opposite would happen:


Business Grew After Controversial Bike Lane Installed, Data Show

By Jesse Coburn
Sep 30, 2022


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Still, the findings provided yet more evidence that the economic argument against bike lanes is flimsy — not that it’s likely to disappear from future bike lane battles.

“Most people who fight this stuff are beyond facts and to some degree are participating in a culture war,” said Orcutt, the advocacy director of Bike New York and a former DOT official. “They need to be defeated, not convinced. And it’s really up to [DOT] Commissioner [Ydanis] Rodriguez and the mayor to lead on that, not to stick a finger in the wind and listen to people saying stuff that’s not factual.”


more:
https://nyc.streetsblog.org/2022/09/...led-data-show/

mrnyc Oct 5, 2022 3:56 PM

very interesting conversion idea for nyc here:


A $1 million federal grant will fund the conversion of abandoned newsstands across the city into hubs where food delivery workers can recharge their electric bikes and escape from the elements, Mayor Eric Adams announced this week, according to Patch.


more:
https://patch.com/new-york/new-york-...livery-workers

jmecklenborg Oct 5, 2022 4:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 202_Cyclist (Post 9749443)
Is there a good way to bike from Pittsburgh to Columbus? It would be a great trip to do the Alleghany Gap ride from DC to Pittsburgh and then to continue on to Columbus and Cinncinati.

I'm not aware of any bike route or trail between Columbus and Pittsburgh. I imagine that it's a slightly difficult/dangerous route since things start getting hilly in Ohio the closer you get to the Ohio River. I guess that you could follow whatever road follows the Ohio River from Wheeling to Pittsburgh, but it's probably a pseudo-expressway in places.

mrnyc Oct 17, 2022 7:15 AM

^ yeah past wheeling afaik its just mountain highway. and you are definitely not in ohio anymore!


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downtown brooklyn gets a new bike lane —


DOT cuts ribbon on newly fortified Schermerhorn Street bike lane

By Ben Brachfeld
Posted on October 12, 2022


Even if you can’t pronounce the name, cyclists can breathe a sigh of relief on the newly fortified Schermerhorn Street bike lane following a major overhaul of the Downtown Brooklyn thoroughfare.

Officials cut the ribbon on the new, two-way protected bike lane along Schermerhorn Street Wednesday morning following several months of work.


more:
https://www.amny.com/new-york/brookl...ane-fortified/

jmecklenborg Oct 17, 2022 2:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mrnyc (Post 9762439)
^ yeah past wheeling afaik its just mountain highway. and you are definitely not in ohio anymore!

There are roads along both sides of the Ohio River for almost its entire length (occasionally a road dips uphill and inland out-of-sight of the river to avoid an unstable hillside or to cross a tributary at a narrow point). I've never heard of anyone biking its entire length from Cairo to Pittsburgh. In some places the road is ideal but more often it is a pseudo-expressway, especially on the Ohio side. Lots of getting passed by tractor trailers and dump trucks, so not a consistently pleasant ride.

Believe it or not, but they consider this to be a bike route. I've only ridden it once: https://www.google.com/maps/@38.9620...7i16384!8i8192

A bikeway along one side of the river or the other would be difficult to build cheaply because of all of the private ownership, driveways, railroad tracks, etc. There would be a temptation to simply wide the existing roads with a protected bike path but to create a pleasant ride experience you'd want a dedicated parallel path some distance away from the traffic.

shivtim Nov 10, 2022 7:58 PM

Atlanta's Westside trail 1.2 mile extension opens.

https://beltlineorg.wpenginepowered....rner-4-web.jpg

https://beltlineorg.wpenginepowered....d-1024x683.jpg

shivtim Nov 18, 2022 4:05 PM

Atlanta to add 1.7 miles of LIT lanes in downtown. Fast-tracked construction starts Nov 19th.

Martin Luther King Jr Drive
Addition of 2-way cycle track along the south side of street

Memorial Drive
Buffered bi-directional bike lanes

Central Avenue
Parking-protected buffered Northbound bike lane

Washington Street
Two-Way Cycle Track on the east side of the street

Capitol Square and Capitol Avenue
Bike lane (from Capitol Square to MLK) and shared lane markings along Capitol Square


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