What Are the Most Bikeable Cities?

The folks behind Walk Score, the incredibly popular walkability measure, are beta testing a new metric that judges the bikeability of cities, writes Jess Zimmerman.

Bike Score debuted this week with an assessment of the ten most bikeable large U.S. and Canadian cities. According to Zimmerman, "This tool is a little more limited (only 10 cities have been scored) but it's also more in-depth: Walk Score will assume you can stroll to the grocery store down the shoulder of a four-lane road, but Bike Score also covers bike path availability, terrain, and how many people will be joining you on your two-wheeled commute."

To generate the general bikeability rating, Bike Score assesses a location's proximity to bike lanes, hills, destinations, and other bike commuters. Minneapolis toped the inagural list with a 79 overall score, earning it the "Very Bikeable" title. San Francisco and Portland, who both earned a 70 score, are the only other cities to earn that title. No city received the highest rating of "Biker's Paradise"

Full Story: Walk Score is now ranking bikeability


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