The 10 Most Bike-Friendly Cities in America

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This story originally appeared on SmartAsset.

If you’re able to do so, biking can be a great way to get around. Besides the physical benefits, this mode of transportation is great for the environment and generally requires you to have less of your money set aside for commuting costs.

Some cities, though, are much better for biking than others in terms of safety, costs and accessibility. That’s why SmartAsset decided to switch gears and find out which cities are best for cyclists.

We analyzed 100 of the largest U.S. cities across the following five metrics to find the best biking cities in America:

  • Bike score. This is a measure of how suitable a city is for biking on a scale of 0 to 100. Data comes from walkscore.com.
  • Percentage of commuters who bike to work. Data comes from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2018 one-year American Community Survey.
  • Bicyclist fatalities per 100,000 residents. Data comes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Motor Vehicle Crash Data Querying and Reporting and is for the five-year period from 2014-2018. This figure is measured at the county level.
  • Miles of protected bike lanes. Data comes from PeopleForBikes.org.
  • Income after housing costs. This is the median household income minus median annual housing costs. Data comes from the Census Bureau’s 2018 one-year American Community Survey.

First, we ranked each city in each metric. We then found the average ranking for each city, with all but two metrics receiving an equal weight. Bike score and five-year bicyclist fatalities per 100,000 residents each received a double weight. We then used this average ranking to create our final score. The city with the best average ranking received a score of 100, and the city with the worst average ranking received a score of zero.

Here are the best cities for biking in America.

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