2022’s Best Places to Bike features cities nationwide that offer actionable lessons on improving bicycling locally. Focusing on youth engagement, connecting biking networks and building trails for all skill levels are just a few ways any city can become a best place to bike.
Even the best cities for bicycling didn’t start that way. Through decades of progress, these cities discovered how to tap into broad community support and gain the commitment of local leadership to build completely connected, comfortable networks of protected bikeways, trails and quiet neighborhood streets that allow people to travel safely on two wheels.
San Luis Obispo earned top place in our 2020 City Ratings program, beating out more than 500 other U.S. cities. It was immediately clear that San Luis Obispo's success in bicycling didn't happen overnight. A consistent dedication to investing in their bike network over the last 20 years provided the foundation for bicycling to grow.
Known as one of the birthplaces of mountain biking in the U.S., a community of townies is helping cut off the need for cars.