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Bike Friendly Cities for National Bike Week

If you're really into biking, you may want to check out these Bicycle Friendly Communities. There is actually a Bicycle Friendly Community Campaign - they award cities that actively support bicycling. A Bicycle Friendly Community provides safe accommodations for cycling and encourages its residents to bike for transportation and recreation.

These cities have an awareness of bikers, and many of their roads have bike lanes. When roads feel safe for riding, MORE people ride their bikes.

I hope this encourages other cities to put time and money into making their cities more Bike Friendly. It can be both scary and dangerous for bikers trying to share the road with cars. Awareness and safety precautions are so important, since biking is a great form of transportation, it's good for the environment, and keeps people active and healthy.

Want to know which city won the Platinum Award in praise of the bike? It's Davis, California!

These cities received the Gold Award (in alphabetical order):

  • Boulder, Colorado
  • Corvalis, Oregon
  • Madison, Wisconsin
  • Palo Alto, California
  • Portland, Oregon
  • San Francisco, California
  • Tucson/Pima Eastern Region, Arizona

Want to see which cities received Bronze Awards for being Bicycle Friendly? Then

These are just a few (in alphabetical order). To see the complete list, visit

  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Arlington, Virginia
  • Bloomington, Indiana
  • Boca Raton, Florida
  • Brunswick Maine
  • Burlington, VT
  • Cary, North Carolina
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Lawrence, Kansas
  • Louisville, Kentucky
  • Presidio of San Francisco, California
  • Redmond, Washington
  • Roswell, Georgia
  • Sacramento, California
  • South Lake Tahoe, California
  • South Sioux City, Nebraska
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Beaner Beaner 10 years
Yeah Burlington, VT!!!!
sugoionna09 sugoionna09 10 years
Um well....Yay Palo Alto! I went to school there up until college. I'm happy it made the list.
Arthur Arthur 10 years
I'm just sayin' it's better than other places I've lived and biked. WAY BETTER (ok, with the exception of Amsterdam). Perfect, not close. No doubt biking in traffic is filled with potential dangers.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 10 years
Arthur, I work for the city and they do not just install bike rack EVERYWHERE because you call a number. And not EVERY parking garage has bike racks and moreover the ones that do downtown are not necessaryily free. Example 4th & Mission garage, try to park there with your park - or try to park in front of Whole Foods on 4th and Harrison, there are only two bike racks and the store will call DPT if you lock your bike to a meter or a sign. And only 25% of the city streets have desginated bike lanes the rest are officially bike lane free though CVC oridinance says bikes may take up the entire lane IF they act as vehicle and obey traffic laws which is rare in SF. Yes, our bike lanes in San Francisco are the entire lane of traffic as I said in my original post and that's incredibly dangerous of a single lane or two lane road where cars regularly double park or disregard other cars being in the lane, a small bike doesn't register to a bad driver. At least 3 out 5 days that I'm behind the wheel for MUNI I have to call for an ambulance for a bicyclist who has been hit by a car while riding in a "bike lane" here in your safe city. Being that I spend over 50 hours behind the wheel a week driving and observing what happens here I have an excited perspective on how safe it really is on how well bicyclists and drivers obey the law. I've been here over 11 years and give up riding on city street after the first year because there are not protected bike lanes like there are in Southern California. Safeist to ride in SF is in Golden Gate park on Sunday when its closed to cars.
Arthur Arthur 10 years
wow wack. I've lived in SF for 5 years now, I bike EVERYWHERE and I have to say, I think SF is a great place to bike. I grew up in NYC, and it is WAAAAAY better than NYC (though I love biking there too). There are lots of bike lanes that are well marked and numbered that you can use to get anywhere from anywhere. I find the drivers much more considerate towards bikes than on the east coast (though I still assume that all of them are about to make a right hand turn without an indicator). Every parking garage has to have a bike rack. There is number you can call and they'll put in a bike rack anywhere in the city. AND BEST OF ALL the great signs all over the place that say "BIKES MAY USE FULL LANE. CHANGE LANES TO PASS" I mean how cool is that!? As some of you know, I biked down the peninsula from SF to work in San Jose twice a weeks for a couple months last year (starting on last year's bike to work day :)) and I went through Palo Alto on my way, and that place really is set up for bikes. Wow. But for a major city, SF is dialed in.
burgundyy burgundyy 10 years
woohoo! im proud to say i go to school in davis and grew up in palo alto =)
wackdoodle wackdoodle 10 years
I'm not sure how SF ended up on this list because as a MUNI bus driver and former bike rider I can tell you this city is anything but bicycle friendly/safe. The bike lanes are in the middle of traffic already narrow busy traffic lanes. Cars have no respect for traffic signals or peds let alone people on bikes and you cannot ride on the sidewalk even if you are a child or riding with a child. Thee are few if any bike racks on the streets for you to safely lock up your bike, even the grocery stores don't have bike racks. Plus the roads are laden with huge potholes. I think whoever wrote this study was watching movies about San Francisco rather than actually coming to SF and trying to safely ride a bicycle during daylight or nighttime hours. Dangerous and unfriendly.
purplesugar purplesugar 10 years
I wish Omaha would get with the program...
pinknezumi pinknezumi 10 years
I go to school in Davis and I love that I don't need a car, I can literally bike anywhere. They take better care of the bike paths than they do the streets, and there are miles and miles of them. <3 biking.
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