Bicycling Magazine Announces America’s 50 Best Bike Cities 2016

EMMAUS, Penn., NEW YORK, NY – September 19, 2016 – Bicycling Magazine, the world’s largest cycling magazine brand, today announced the results of its biennial ranking of America’s 50 Best Bike Cities 2016. Editors analyzed over 100 U.S. cities’ data including the number of bicycle facilities, people per bike share, bicycle-friendly businesses, and safety. The full ranking is available in the November/December issue, on newsstands beginning October 11.

Chicago earned the top spot this year, seizing the title “Best Bike City in America” from the 2014 recipient, New York City (No. 4). Additionally, there were six newcomers to the list, including Tallahassee, FL (No. 38); Columbus, OH (No. 39); Atlanta, GA (No. 43); Lincoln, NE (No. 44); Tampa, FL (No. 45) and Detroit, MI (No. 50).

“Cities continue to become bike-friendlier every year we build this list,” says Bicycling Editor-in-Chief Bill Strickland. “With initiatives such as bike sharing on the rise and cities like Chicago making major headway with- infrastructure including curb-protected bike lanes, this list will continue to grow as will the number of cyclists.”

The online slideshow features details on each city’s ranking, including advice from locals on best places to bike, participate in an organized ride, and locations to eat! For more details:


The editorial team reviewed U.S. Census and Department of Transportation data on more than 100 cities, consulting with experts and data from organizations such as People for Bikes and the League of American Bicyclists, and spoke with bike advocates and everyday riders. Editors looked at the overall percentage of bike commuters in each city and the rate by which that number is growing. They catalogued the amount and quality of cycling infrastructure in each city—including miles of protected bike lanes and roadways marked with sharrows (shared lane markings)—and how recently it’s been implemented. They accounted for transportation budgets, civic and political commitment as well as historical performance and future projections. Finally, they hit the streets and talked to local advocates, officials, and everyday riders in each city on the final list, as well as those cities that didn’t make the cut.

America’s 50 Best Bike Cities (Complete List)

1. Chicago, IL

2. San Francisco, CA

3. Portland, OR

4. New York, NY

5. Seattle, WA

6. Minneapolis, MN

7. Austin, TX

8. Cambridge, MA

9. Washington, D.C.

10. Boulder, CO

11. Denver, CO

12. Fort Collins, CO

13. Indianapolis, IN

14. Salt Lake City, UT

15. Philadelphia, PA

16. Madison, WI

17. Boston, MA

18. Eugene, OR

19. New Orleans, LA

20. Pittsburgh, PA

21. Oakland, CA

22. Tempe, AZ

23. Tucson, AZ

24. Los Angeles, CA

25. Arlington, VA

26. San Jose, CA

27. Boise, ID

28. Long Beach, CA

29. Gainesville, FL

30. Chattanooga, TN

31. Louisville, KY

32. Saint Paul, MN

33. Grant Rapids, MI

34. Alexandria, VA

35. Albuquerque, NM

36. Cincinnati, OH

37. Sacramento, CA

38. Tallahassee, FL

39. Columbus, OH

40. Miami, FL

41. Cleveland, OH

42. Columbia, MO

43. Atlanta, GA

44. Lincoln, NE

45. Tampa, FL

46. Milwaukee, WI

47. Salem, MA

48. Scottsdale, AZ

49. Thousand Oaks, CA

50. Detroit, MI


About Bicycling. Bicycling magazine, published by Rodale Inc., is the world’s largest cycling magazine brand and No. 1 source of information for cyclists. Bicycling connects with millions of active, affluent professionals for whom cycling is the centerpiece of a vibrant, experiential lifestyle. Bicycling’s unique combination of travel, gear, fitness, style, and award-winning stories brings the sport to life for passionate readers. Published 10 times a year, Bicycling offers several special issues, including a springtime Buyer’s Guide, the influential Editors’ Choice Awards, revealed each year at the Sea Otter Cycling Classic, and the eagerly-anticipated biennial ranking of the country’s Top Bike Friendly Cities. Bicycling‘s Fall Classic, presented by Specialized, is a family-friendly riding event with more than 1,500 riders of all skill levels, where our fans ride alongside our editors on the same roads that inspire our magazine. is the leading online destination for cyclists, where readers can access the latest cycling news, thousands of gear reviews, and use interactive tools to inform and inspire. Bicycling’s readers and fans interact with our brand and our editors on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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