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Top Bicycle-Friendly States and Cities in the U.S.

By Kellee Bryan
May is National Bike Month, and this week is Bike to Work Week. Just in time, the League of American Bicyclists and Bike Score have released their respective lists of the most bike-friendly cities in the U.S.

Bike Bus Only
Photo by Flickr user mindfrieze

Great news for Washingtonians: The League of American Bicyclists ranked the Evergreen State #1 in the nation for bike-friendliness, with rankings based on legislation, policies and programs, infrastructure, education and encouragement, evaluation and planning, and enforcement. Our state earned A grades in the first four categories and B grades in the final two.

Cities, businesses, and universities receive Olympic-style rankings from the League. Here's how our cities and universities ranked:


Port Townsend
University of Washington, Seattle


Check out the League's interactive bike-friendly map to see how your state ranked.

Washington also showed up in Bike Score's rankings of bike-friendliest cities. Bike Score ranks cities on a scale of 0 to 100 based on infrastructure (like dedicated bike lanes and bike trails), hilliness, nearby amenities, road connectivity, and the number of bicycle commuters in the area. Seattle received a score of 64, putting it at #7 in the nation. The sibling rivalry with Seattle's sister city to the south, Portland, continues: it received a score of 70 and took 2nd place in the nation. Claiming the top spot is Minneapolis with a score of 79. Other cities that cracked the top 10 are San Francisco (70), Boston (68), Madison (67), Washington D.C. (65), Tucson (64), New York (62), Chicago (62).

Bike Score is the latest from Seattle startup, Walk Score. Only just released (and still in beta), Bike Score's data is currently limited to only the top cities in the U.S. and Canada. Visit their site to view interactive heat maps for each ranked city, and to vote for your city to be the next to get Bike Score.

How bike-friendly is your city? Will you be biking to work this week?

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Posted on May 15, 2012 08:18 PM