The 15 Best Bike Cities in the United States in 2022

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Editor’s note: This story originally appeared on LawnStarter.

For some Americans, cycling is a way of life. These people prefer to move on two wheels rather than on foot or in a car.

But which US cities are the most ideal for avid cyclists?

To mark World Bike Day on June 3, LawnStarter has ranked the best bike cities of 2022 in the United States.

We compared the 200 largest US cities based on 24 key indicators of a bike-friendly lifestyle, such as access to bike paths and bike rentals, share of bike commuters, presence of cycling clubs and the number of cycling races and circuits.

Here are the best US cities for biking.

1. San Francisco, California

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Overall score: 72.13

Access ranking: 1

Security classification: 27

Climate classification: seven

Community ranking: 4

Ranking of events: 5

2. Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Overall score: 65.52

Access ranking: 5

Security classification: 1

Climate classification: 153

Community ranking: seven

Ranking of events: 12

3. New York, New York

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Overall score: 64.45

Access ranking: 4

Security classification: 9

Climate classification: 152

Community ranking: 12

Ranking of events: 2

4. Portland, OR

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Overall score: 63.4

Access ranking: 2

Security classification: 12

Climate classification: 63

Community ranking: 2

Ranking of events: 20

5. Eugene, OR

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Overall score: 62.21

Access ranking: 3

Security classification: 8

Climate classification: 95

Community ranking: 5

Ranking of events: 28

6.Boston, MA

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Overall score: 61.57

Access ranking: 11

Security classification: 2

Climate classification: 114

Community ranking: 16

Ranking of events: 17

7. Denver, CO

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Overall score: 60.94

Access ranking: 9

Security classification: ten

Climate classification: 83

Community ranking: 11

Ranking of events: 9

8.Seattle, Washington

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Overall score: 60.18

Access ranking: 6

Security classification: 21

Climate classification: 81

Community ranking: 3

Ranking of events: 31

9.Washington, D.C.

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Overall score: 59.34

Access ranking: 16

Security classification: 20

Climate classification: 104

Community ranking: 1

Ranking of events: 15

10. Chicago, IL

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Overall score: 57.1

Access ranking: 33

Security classification: 3

Climate classification: 192

Community ranking: 18

Ranking of events: seven

11.Madison, Wisconsin

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Overall score: 54.66

Access ranking: 17

Security classification: seven

Climate classification: 183

Community ranking: 9

Ranking of events: 125

12. Fort Collins, CO

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Overall score: 54.23

Access ranking: seven

Security classification: 34

Climate classification: 79

Community ranking: 6

Ranking of events: 94

13. Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Overall score: 53.78

Access ranking: 15

Security classification: 23

Climate classification: 55

Community ranking: 50

Ranking of events: 29

14. San Diego, CA

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Overall score: 53.53

Access ranking: 25

Security classification: 30

Climate classification: 11

Community ranking: 28

Ranking of events: 12

15. San Jose, California

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Overall score: 52.89

Access ranking: 14

Security classification: 28

Climate classification: 4

Community ranking: 40

Ranking of events: 39

Methodology

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We’ve ranked the 200 largest US cities from best (#1) to worst (#200) for bicycling based on their overall scores (out of a possible 100 points), averaged across all of the weighted metrics listed below.

  • User-friendliness of national bicycle laws
  • Miles of bike paths per square mile
  • Number of cycle paths
  • Bike share program
  • Bike rental facilities per square mile
  • Bike shops per square mile
  • Bike score
  • Share of “moderately difficult” and “difficult” cycle routes
  • Bicycle-related deaths per 100,000 inhabitants
  • Vision Zero Present Program
  • Bicycle theft per 100,000 inhabitants
  • Share of roads in poor condition
  • Natural Risk Index
  • Historical number of extremely cold days
  • Historical number of extremely hot days
  • Historical average in inches of monthly precipitation
  • Historical Average Percentage of Sunshine
  • Median Air Quality Index
  • Share of workers who cycle to work
  • Number of bike clubs
  • Number of Bike Meetups
  • Number of cycling races and events
  • Number of bike laps
  • Naked Bike Ride Presents

Sources: AllTrails, Bikeshare.com, Bike Index, The League of American Bicyclists, Meetup, National Center for Disaster Preparedness, National Centers for Environmental Information, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, TRIP, US Census Bureau, US Environmental Protection Agency, USA Cycling, Vision Zero Network, Walk Score, World Naked Bike Ride and Yelp

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