Make National Bike Month Every Month: Top 3 Bike-Friendly Cities

National Bike Month was in May, but that doesn’t mean you should stop riding your bike wherever you go.

Unfortunately, being able to ride your bike to work is only possible in cities that promote a biking lifestyle.

If you’re living in a city where it isn’t popular to ride your bike around, then maybe you should consider moving to another city.

Certain cities around the US are becoming more environmentally aware, so they want people riding bikes instead of taking their cars to work.

How do I know if a city is biker friendly?

There’s a lot of numbers that factor in whether or not a city is biker friendly. You need to know the percent of commuters who actually bike to work, and how long it takes to ride a bike to work.

You also need to take into account the amount of bicycle storage places as well as the number of bikes that you can rent. Some cities offer bicycle renting programs, so you have access to a bike at certain parts of the city.

This makes riding your bike around more convenient for transportation, which makes having a bike less of a hassle for other people as well.

1. Portland, Oregon

Portland is the city that started it all and serves to be an example for other cities attempting to implement biking programs.

Out of all the cities in America, Portland has the most cyclists per capita.

This means Portland is a city where people bike everywhere rather than take their cars.

Portland bike friendly city.

There are numerous bike shops where you can buy your own bike, or you can benefit from Portland's bike share program that was launched in 2016.

Other than riding your bike around the city, you have the option to go to Forest Park, which is America's largest urban preserve.

Portland even has single-track mountain bike trails so you can get the best of both worlds. You can ride your bike around the city and nature.

2. New York City, NY

At first, you might be surprised to NYC on this list, but NYC has one of the strongest bike sharing programs in the country. Per every 1000 people, around nine people ride bikes, but more and more people are opting out from taking the subway and driving.

NYC bike friendly.

In 2013, NYC established the nation's largest bike sharing program with 6,000 bikes in over 330 stations.

This means that there are bikes readily available and spread out throughout the city.

If you’re worried about traffic, there’s a protected pedestrian pathway called the Hudson River Greenway.

This path stretches 11 miles from the southern tip of Manhattan to all the way to Battery Park.

For 11 miles you have worry free bike riding with the backdrop of the NYC skyline as a view.

3. Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. is full of traffic, and people find it hard to locate parking, which is why a majority of people are switching over to bikes.

This city formed a Capital Bikeshare program that put over 1,800 rentable bikes available for everyday use.

For those who need a bike that's on the adventurous side, you can even rent a mountain bike and pedal over to the gorgeous 185-mile long C&O Canal Trail.

Washington DC bike friendly city.

This trail follows the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. all the way to Cumberland, MD.

For those looking for a biker friendly city, hopefully, the ones listed above will suffice.

This post was last updated on June 5th, 2018 at 01:51 pm

About the Author Max Shumpert

Over the last few years, I’ve taken my love of the outdoors, hiking, skiing, trekking and exploring to the next level by starting this site. I started a bike shop in Denver, CO, and have seen amazing growth over the last few years. Getting paid to do what I love has been a dream come true for me. That’s also what led me to start In my shop, I spend a large amount of time helping people find the perfect bike for them and the style of biking they’re going to be doing. It only made sense that I expanded my reach and got online, making it possible for me to help people all over the world. If biking and staying fit is your priority, too, you’ve come to the right place.

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