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.
For decades, protected bike lanes were a missing tool in the American toolbox. That changed in 2007, when New York City began building protected bike lanes at a rapid pace, helping jumpstart a wave of U.S. innovation. Today, 480 miles of protected bike lanes contribute to the 1,200-mile network used by more than 800,000 residents on a regular basis. Prioritizing connections, building out bike share, and making space for everyone are key components of New York City's success.
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.