America’s 15 Best Cities for Biking in 2022

Senior couple riding bikes
Monkey Business Images / Shutterstock.com

Editor's Note: This story originally appeared on LawnStarter.

For some Americans, pedaling is a way of life. These people prefer to get around on two wheels over walking or driving.

But which U.S. cities are most ideal for avid cyclists?

LawnStarter ranked 2022’s Best Biking Cities in the U.S.

We compared the 200 biggest U.S. cities based on 24 key indicators of a cyclist-friendly lifestyle, such as access to bike lanes and bike rentals, the share of bike commuters, the presence of cycling clubs, and the number of bike races and tours.

Following are the best American cities for biking.

1. San Francisco, CA

San Francisco
Maridav / Shutterstock.com

Overall Score: 72.13

Access Rank: 1

Safety Rank: 27

Climate Rank: 7

Community Rank: 4

Events Rank: 5

2. Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis Police
miker / Shutterstock.com

Overall Score: 65.52

Access Rank: 5

Safety Rank: 1

Climate Rank: 153

Community Rank: 7

Events Rank: 12

3. New York, NY

Monkey Business Images / Shutterstock.com

Overall Score: 64.45

Access Rank: 4

Safety Rank: 9

Climate Rank: 152

Community Rank: 12

Events Rank: 2

4. Portland, OR

Portland, Oregon waterfront
Josemaria Toscano / Shutterstock.com

Overall Score: 63.4

Access Rank: 2

Safety Rank: 12

Climate Rank: 63

Community Rank: 2

Events Rank: 20

5. Eugene, OR

Eugene, Oregon
Sean Pavone / Shutterstock.com

Overall Score: 62.21

Access Rank: 3

Safety Rank: 8

Climate Rank: 95

Community Rank: 5

Events Rank: 28

6. Boston, MA

Boston, Massachusetts
f11photo / Shutterstock.com

Overall Score: 61.57

Access Rank: 11

Safety Rank: 2

Climate Rank: 114

Community Rank: 16

Events Rank: 17

7. Denver, CO

Denver, Colorado
edgeofreason / Shutterstock.com

Overall Score: 60.94

Access Rank: 9

Safety Rank: 10

Climate Rank: 83

Community Rank: 11

Events Rank: 9

8. Seattle, WA

Seattle runner dog walker
Trish Jose / Shutterstock.com

Overall Score: 60.18

Access Rank: 6

Safety Rank: 21

Climate Rank: 81

Community Rank: 3

Events Rank: 31

9. Washington, D.C.

Washington D.C.
f11photo / Shutterstock.com

Overall Score: 59.34

Access Rank: 16

Safety Rank: 20

Climate Rank: 104

Community Rank: 1

Events Rank: 15

10. Chicago, IL

Overhead view of Chicago shoreline
Joseph Sohm / Shutterstock.com

Overall Score: 57.1

Access Rank: 33

Safety Rank: 3

Climate Rank: 192

Community Rank: 18

Events Rank: 7

11. Madison, WI

Madison, Wisconsin
Philip Arno Photography / Shutterstock.com

Overall Score: 54.66

Access Rank: 17

Safety Rank: 7

Climate Rank: 183

Community Rank: 9

Events Rank: 125

12. Fort Collins, CO

Fort Collins,
marekuliasz / Shutterstock.com

Overall Score: 54.23

Access Rank: 7

Safety Rank: 34

Climate Rank: 79

Community Rank: 6

Events Rank: 94

13. Albuquerque, NM

Albuquerque New Mexico Traffic
Traveller70 / Shutterstock.com

Overall Score: 53.78

Access Rank: 15

Safety Rank: 23

Climate Rank: 55

Community Rank: 50

Events Rank: 29

14. San Diego, CA

The skyline of San Diego, where median rent is well below median mortgage payments
Dancestrokes / Shutterstock.com

Overall Score: 53.53

Access Rank: 25

Safety Rank: 30

Climate Rank: 11

Community Rank: 28

Events Rank: 12

15. San Jose, CA

San Diego, California
joseph-sohm / Shutterstock.com

Overall Score: 52.89

Access Rank: 14

Safety Rank: 28

Climate Rank: 4

Community Rank: 40

Events Rank: 39

Methodology

Man analyzing data on a laptop
fizkes / Shutterstock.com

We ranked the 200 biggest U.S. cities from best (No. 1) to worst (No. 200) for biking based on their overall scores (out of 100 possible points), averaged across all of the weighted metrics listed below.

  • Friendliness of State Bike Laws
  • Miles of Bike Lanes per Square Mile
  • Number of Bike Trails
  • Bike-Sharing Program Present
  • Bike-Rental Facilities per Square Mile
  • Bike Shops per Square Mile
  • Bike Score
  • Share of “Moderately Difficult” and “Hard” Biking Trails
  • Biking-Related Fatalities per 100,000 Residents
  • Vision Zero Program Present
  • Bike Thefts per 100,000 Residents
  • Share of Roads in Poor Condition
  • Natural Hazards Index
  • Historical Number of Extremely Cold Days
  • Historical Number of Extremely Hot Days
  • Historical Average Monthly Inches of Precipitation
  • Historical Average Percentage of Sunshine
  • Median Air Quality Index
  • Share of Workers Who Bike to Work
  • Number of Bike Clubs
  • Number of Bike Meetups
  • Number of Cycling Races and Events
  • Number of Bike Tours
  • Naked Bike Ride Present

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, U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, USA Cycling, Vision Zero Network, Walk Score, World Naked Bike Ride, and Yelp

Disclosure: The information you read here is always objective. However, we sometimes receive compensation when you click links within our stories.