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Jul 7, 2014 2:38AM
Chattanooga and the surrounding area of NW Georgia is one the best place to live and bike. Beautiful place to live with warm friendly people and plenty of our activities from boating to biking.
Jun 30, 2014 8:11AM
Don't let the hills scare you. San Francisco is very bikeable and for all levels of cyclists. Sure there are hills and more demanding routes but there's more than enough flat areas for any level of cyclist. And for those with families, paths that are far enough away from cars. Much of Golden Gate Park is closed to autos on Sundays (sometimes Saturdays too). The bike track around the Polo field is wonderful and can keep you busy for hours and big enough that you don't feel like you're going in circles. Lake Merced has a nice 4+ mile ride around the the circumference. Many of the areas that meet the water (Ocean Beach, Chrissy Field, Marina and the Embarcadero) are plenty flat and very suitable for bikes.
Jun 23, 2014 4:52PM
San Francisco? Really? Berkeley, absolutely. The SF Bay Area as a whole, yes, it's very good. But San Francisco proper? That's not a bikeable city. That's a city with really, really dedicated cyclists who are willing to ride in spite of a lot of stuff that nobody should have to ride through. SF's bike messengers are legendary because it takes one hell of a cyclist to make a go of an SF delivery route. That is not an easy place to ride!
Jun 23, 2014 3:48PM
I am in Indianapolis. We have great biking here. The Monon Trail is the best
Jun 23, 2014 2:44PM
I saw the naked bike parade in Portland. What a hoot!
They had a gal named Norma riding in it. I think she should of been called E-norma.
Jun 23, 2014 11:45AM
Sanibel, FL. You can bike anywhere there, no need for a car unless you need to pick up large items. They have bike paths all over, low speed limits, and motorists really watch out and yield to bikes. I vacationed there a year ago and didn't use the car the entire stay.
Jun 23, 2014 11:26AM
Commuted to work in Minneapolis, road construction season & winter (there is no spring or fall here,) for 40 years. Sadly I have watched the north side decline into a dangerous haven for young gangsters who blatantly roam the streets in large groups that are not held accountable for their actions and are tolerated by our sanctuary city politicians. I love the this area and am very frustrated watching it turn into a little Detroit. There are great riding areas here but just be careful what part of the city you are in (yes, I have been attacked numerous times and even shot several times once with a pellet gun, the police said I was the third shooting they had covered that night.) Being stubborn (or stupid,) I didn't let these attacks deter me, I just altered my route a bit. This may upset some of our more liberal riders who tend to look the other way, but they can play off my "stupid" comment.
Jun 23, 2014 9:57AM
I lived in Fremont, CA and thought that was the best biking city ever. I could bike from Fremont foothills down to the bay, about 13 miles, without traffic or taking my life in my hands. I now live in Phoenix AZ, and though there are tons of biking trails along the canals, the weather keeps me from biking much of the year.
Jun 23, 2014 6:51AM
yeah, Minneapolis is great for about 5 months of the year. Then it's too cold and icy to ride.
Jun 23, 2014 6:40AM
most cities in nc they will run your **** over very unfriendly biking state I gave up road biking here will only ride off rd mountain bike
Jun 20, 2014 6:43AM
I live a ways north of Minneapolis. For the 5 months of they year you can safely and reasonably bike, Minneapolis is great. For the other 7 months of the year, only the most hardy of cyclists with the best equipment can manage to bike, and I've seen several of those go down. Here is a typical scenario: Any time between Thanksgiving and Easter it can and does range from a small amount of snow cover to a few feet of snow cover. The freeways might be clear, but the side streets are a nightmare for most cyclists. It might be 15 or 20 degrees during the day, and 0 degrees at night, or it might be -30 at night, and -5 for a high. It gets dark about 4 pm, and gets light again around 9:00 am. If that doesn't deter you, and if you are good at riding on wet ice, come on up!
Jun 18, 2014 6:49AM
So Arlington, VA is the only Southern city (if you consider that "The South" ) that made the list. What about Richmond, Virginia, Raleigh, NC, and Chattanooga, TN? Those are all very bike friendly- and have a large bike culture. Richmond has even widened for bike lanes. They have a great biking culture, as Richmond like most Southern towns has a poor public transit. But its bike opportunities is one of the best. They even hosted a national bike marathon this past May.
Jun 18, 2014 6:38AM
Where did Irvine, Ca come from? So. Cal is the most hostile place towards bicyclists. Bicyclists and Pedestrains are run over dead in So.Cal. Especially in the Los Angeles area "BEWARE" hit and run is quite common in So.Cal.
Jun 18, 2014 5:19AM
Thanks for letting me know the top cities to avoid. Bicyclists are, in my experience, scoff laws, rude and arrogant.
Jun 18, 2014 4:23AM
I am surprised that Anchorage is not on here. I came here from down around Portland, OR where biking is hugely popular and was amazed at the trails up here. Not just trails, but PAVED trails. HUNDREDS of miles of paved trails. All the major roads crossing THE STATE have bike paths. Criss-crossing the towns. Following along rivers. There might be thousands of miles of paved trails up here. Not used solely for biking though. Serious outdoors people up here. Driving to work at 4 am and see people jogging and biking beside the FREEWAY miles from the nearest town. Or skijoring. The vast majority of it is paved, but not all of it of course. It is odd seeing a paved bicycle trail 200 miles from anywhere!
Jun 18, 2014 3:36AM
Interestingly to me, Chicago was not on the list. I think the % bike commuters must the a big factor in the rating. because chicago has a massive amount of bike paths, must be hundreds of miles. I am from madison wi which was on the list...they have built paths in the last couple decades, and the streets are likely a bit friendlier for communters than Chicago
Jun 18, 2014 3:08AM
Chattanooga has over 75 miles of bike paths; many along the TN river. Includes a pedestrian and bike path across the river with parks on both sides.
It's a beautiful area with the fastest internet in the US I might add and no state income taxes.
I just hope the city continues to invest in it, sometimes business interests creep in to trump the reason people bother to live there. That happened in Charlotte; which is where we moved away from.
Charlotte could have been another great biking city but their idea of bike trails is to paint a line in the road and call it a day.
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