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.
Provincetown, Massachusetts, on the northern tip of Cape Cod, scored high in our U.S. City Ratings program. With a population of just under 3,000 people and five bike shops, development is dense in Provincetown and no highways bisect it—getting from one end of town to the other is about a seven-minute bike ride. Although small, Provincetown offers some big lessons when it comes to bicycling.
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.