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.
The Canadian city of Montreal has a long history of activism for bicycle infrastructure. In fact, it was among the first Canadian cities to install bicycle lanes and today, there are more than 1,000 kilometers of bike lanes in the greater Montreal area, roughly 40% of which are segregated from cars. Over the years, Montreal has consistently updated and expanded its network, prioritizing bicycling in all seasons and normalizing it as an everyday mode of transportation.
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.