Whoever said four wheels were better than two? Whether it’s to save on gas, avoid gridlock and outrageous parking fees, or for a breath of fresh air, more people are ditching their cars for a bike. And if you're reading this, chances are, you’re one of them.
Dozens of major cities are morphing into bike-friendly places by adding trails that connect suburbs and satellite communities with its downtown area. But the bike revolution goes beyond miles of pavement.
A bike-friendly city funnels money to trail maintenance and extension, safety, and eco-minded pro-bike-commute campaigns. Now, we know not every city has the budget or the agenda. So Men’s Fitness scoped out the top 10 bike-friendly cities for you, evaluated based on the League of American Bicyclists’ program “Bicycle Friendly America”. The program examines a city’s biking atmosphere based on the amount of trails, safety courses, biking promo events, and bike law enforcement.
We know some of these cities have shorter bike seasons due to heavy snowfall or sweltering temps. But Men’s Fitness, like the League of American Bicyclists, put them at the top of our list because despite inhibiting climates, they still ensure riders have the opportunity to bike. It all starts with putting in the first trail. Here's where to go if you’re moving, on vacation, or you simply like to ride.