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Top 10 Cities for Cycling

Urban biking in America switches into high gear

By ShermansTravel Editorial Staff

Updated on April 15th, 2013

Pedaling through a major U.S. city is not only for daredevil bike messengers. With high gas prices and warm weather on the horizon, there's never been a better time to hope on a bicycle, especially on vacation. "It's also a way to be really local," suggests Nicole Freedman, Director of Bicycling Programs for the city of Boston, "because when you bike you can stop wherever you want, you can talk to people."

Urban areas across America are establishing bike lanes and trails at an unprecedented pace, and though U.S. cities may still be playing catch-up when it comes to bike-share programs (the Velib system in Paris, launched in 2007, already includes 18,000 bikes at 1,200 stations), many handy hop-on-hop-off systems are already functioning on this side of the pond. Boston, Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis, and Washington, D.C. all have successful bike shares in place, while New York City, San Francisco, and St. Petersburg are launching high-profile programs within the next few years.

Along with established or in the works bike shares, our Top 10 Cities for Cycling, all with populations over 100,000, feature an abundance of great rental shops, municipal bike racks, exciting trails, and dedicated bike lanes.

Katie Adamson of Visit Denver says that the 300,000 rides logged during the three-year (and counting) lifespan Denver's bike-share program have translated into 13.5 million burned calories, a $990,000 savings on gas and parking, and 1.1 million pounds of greenhouse gases avoided. Yep, biking is good for our health, our pocketbooks, and our planet. 

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