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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

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
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