Most of us spend too much time stuck in traffic. That’s a fact. Luckily, there’s one way to avoid that. Simple as it may seem, cycling is both useful and environmentally friendly!
Not to mention that it can also give you a sense of freedom, feeling the wind hit your face and pedaling with the energy provided by your own two feet. There was a biking boom created by the pandemic when lots of people started biking or rekindled their former hobby.
According to some recent data, as of spring 2020, bike sales had spiked up by 75%, amounting to 1 billion in sales. If you also own a bike and you like cycling, then living in a bike-friendly city must be important to you. Though this physical activity has become popular again, that doesn’t mean that all US cities are built for bicyclists.
Some of them are lacking the safety and infrastructure, while others are about to become some of the most bike-friendly cities in America. To determine which ones promote cycling among their residents, we looked at two major metrics.
We looked at Bike Scores, which is basically a measure that shows connections within the city, access to bike lanes, and more. In addition to this, we examined bicyclist safety by looking at the number of bicycle deaths stated in the most recent Traffic Safety Facts Report (NHTSA), which included data from 2019.
Long story short, to create a bike-ability score, we gave the NHTSA safety score a proportion of 15% and the bike score a proportion of 85%. Then we used the following equation:
bike ability = bike score – safety score
Finally, we ranked the top 10 best bike-friendly cities in America. Read on to find them out!