Home to less than 8,000 residents, Ashland, Wisconsin, epitomizes some of the things that can make small towns great for bicycling: It has a total area of 13.7 square miles and core services — things like doctors, dentists, grocery stores, schools, jobs and social services — are easily accessible by bike, no matter where you live.
Philadelphia has consistently seen an increase in bicycling year over year and to keep its numbers growing, the city continues to expand its on- and off-street infrastructure, use LED lighting to illuminate its network and make all-season bicycling more accessible through winter snow clearing efforts.
Crested Butte's off-road trail network is where its draw truly comes to life. Designated as the wildflower capital of Colorado, all it takes is one ride down any number of trails surrounding Crested Butte to understand why its beauty captivates locals and tourists alike, year after year.
A participant in PeopleForBikes' Final Mile program — which helped five U.S. cities move faster, more efficiently and more equitably to build better mobility networks — Pittsburgh completed 50 new network miles from 2019-2021 as part of its Bike(+) Plan, and plans on completing another 15 miles in 2022.
Mexico City has been a leader in bicycling since 2007 when it first launched its Muevete en Bici open streets program, which every Sunday, bans car traffic along seven city streets including Paseo de la Reforma, a wide avenue that runs diagonally across the heart of the city.
In 2018, Greater Manchester launched an ambitious, citywide “Bee Lines” initiative — a £1.5 billion plan to create 1,800 miles of bicycling and walking routes alongside 2,400 new crossings connecting every neighborhood, school, main street, and public transport hub.
Bicycling is the fastest growing mode of transportation in Vancouver, with trips increasing by a full 40% between 2008 and 2011 alone. The city also has more than 450 lane-kilometers (around 279 miles) of bike routes with more being added every year.
In Austin, Texas, a more than 400-mile bike network is being built in record time. As of September 2021, 215 miles of the all ages and abilities network were complete, connecting protected bike lanes, neighborhood bikeways and urban trails.
By 2030, Seattle plans to have 90% of all personal trips have zero greenhouse gas emissions, opening up substantial funding for bikes and allowing for the completion of critical infrastructure.
Bentonville is home to more than 60 miles of trails, with 500 miles of trails accessible within the Northwest Arkansas region.
Most essential services are within an easily bikeable distance of residents, and thanks to Berkeley's “Bike Boulevards,” the city’s network of low-stress neighborhood streets, there are usually multiple ways to safely reach a destination.
With the launch of the Youth Cycling Coalition pilot Morgantown has rallied around cycling, investing not only in youth bicycling but also the sort of comprehensive infrastructure needed to ensure people of all ages and abilities are able to comfortably ride.