These cities offer the most robust bike sharing programs in the country, copious miles of bikeways and have plenty of urban and mountain biking trails. If you’re into cycling or just getting started then you’ll want to read this list as these cities are leading the charge in creating healthier and cleaner cities through biking.
Boulder is host to over 300 miles of dedicated bikeways including on-street bike lanes, contra-flow bike lanes, designated bike routes, paved shoulders, multi-use paths and soft-surface paths. Boulder’s bike sharing program, the Boulder B-cycle, is available 24hrs and simply requires a credit card swipe then off you go.
Nicknamed “Bike City” Portland has over 315 miles of bikeways (affectionately dubbed bike boulevards) and the nation’s highest percentage of bike commuters at 7%. Biketown, the bike share program in Portland provides 1000 smart bikes to the cities commuters as well. If that wasn’t enough, Portland has all sorts of events centered around biking, including Bike and Beer events and the World Naked Bike Ride. Yea, you read that correctly.
New York City, New York
The Big Apple boasts over 1000 miles of bikeways and the cities rideshare program “Citi Bike” provides residents over 6,000 bikes at 330 stations. Cycling is booming in New York City and has quadrupled since 2005. This is in large part thanks the cities continued efforts to add more bike lanes and expand the bike share program to over 10,000 bikes.
Capital Bikeshare, DC’s bike sharing program, has over 3500 bikes available for rental at 300 stations across the DC, Arlington, Alexandria, and Fairfax, VA. While not the friendliest city on this list as far as bike lanes go at a little over 100 miles, the city is making efforts to add more.
Coming in at number 2 for the most bicycle commuters in the US, Minneapolis has 129 miles of on-street bikeways and 97 miles of off-street. Nice Ride Minnesota provides the city with 1550 shared bicycles at 170 stations in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Tucson is consistently ranks as one of the top cycling cities in the country. While it currently has no bike sharing program, it does have one in the works and is expected to launch in 2017. The city does have the Loop though. The Loop is a 100+ mile car free trail that connects parks shopping and communities throughout the Tucson metro.