Bicycle friendly cities in North America
North American metropolises welcoming visitors for tour on two wheels
Bicycling magazine in 2004 put Boston on list of America’s worst cities die bicycling, well they must have forgotten that Boston’s confounding roads are not easy to travel by car, its beyond imagination for obstacles faced by bicyclists. And that was for third time in a row.
Enters in the story Mayor Thomas Menino. Understanding the benefits of bike-friendly culture—for city’s environment, and for easing traffic congestion, as well as for health of public, mayor with former Olympic cyclist, launched annual cycling event, and himself also became biker. Thereafter city installed 15 miles of the bike lanes and mayor started to distribute 40,000 of cycling maps. While Boston still has long way, but there after Bicycling magazine named it as “future best city” in 2008. Bravo!
Cities like Louisville and Los Angeles are ramping their bike’s accessibility, and visitors are big part of this game plan. Aim is to boost car-free tourism across North America, somewhat like that is existing in European cities like Copenhagen and Amsterdam for years. Listing below Bicycle friendly cities of North America where cycling will add much fun to your tour.
- Andy Clarke who is the president of “League of American Bicyclists” said “arguably the best big city in America for cycling”. Portland situated at confluence of the Willamette and the Columbia Rivers. Portland boasts of nation’s highest percent of bicycle-commuters that is nearly eleven times that of national average.
- Visiting cyclists
Easy find of bicycles with dozens of rental shops
Cycling culture with 75 miles of off-street pathways
Local accommodations also supply bikes, bike maps
a car-less package featuring light-rail and airport transfer and guided bike-tour.
Waterfront Loop: route along the both sides of Willamette, crossing over 12 bridges.
In west downtown, get miles of paths in the Forest Park with dramatic views of glacier-carved The Columbia River Gorge and on clear day nearby volcanoes of the Mount Hood and Mount St. Helens.
- New York has doubled 400 miles of bike lanes in five boroughs
- Department of Transportation has plans to add another 50 miles annually.
- The NYC Greenway circles: Covers most of Manhattan along with its water views and many of city’s top sights, alongside the Hudson River. Do stop at new created pocket parks near The Ground Zero.
- Rental Company: Bike and Roll has some six rental stations, from Battery Park to Riverside Park.
- city’s iconic rides: crossing the Brooklyn Bridge with dedicated bike lane, for best views of city, start from Brooklyn side.
- Put bike on ferry in the Lower Manhattan and then cycle car-free to Governors Island, that is five-mile loop.
- Cycling Mayor Richard M. Daley lead charge here
- The city has
12,000 public bike racks,
141 miles marked for on-street bike lanes
35 miles of shared-use trails
- The McDonald’s Cycle Center which is in Grant Park and Bobby’s Bike Hike: offers rentals and tours
- The cycling season: Bike the Drive
From Sunday of the Memorial Day with event of fund-raiser
Eight-lane, 15-mile stretch of Lake Shore Trail which is from Grant Park to the Bryn Mawr
Participants: 18,000 cyclists of all the ages and of abilities.
- Scenic drive: 18-mile Lakefront Trail
- Visitors can take bicycle and board Chicago’s Metra trains, taking suburban stations such as Aurora and get cycling to Fox River Trail to about 20 miles to Elgin and return to city via Metra line.
- Has favorable climate that encourages the cycling year-round.
- Popular rides
26-mile loop around the San Diego Bay, relatively its flat terrain, use ferry to get access to Coronado Island and even the Silver Strand.
Easy beach rides in San Diego County are retreat for the advanced riders.
Cycle to backcountry
Cycle up coast along the Old Highway 101 enjoying great ocean views
Other friendly cities are
- San Francisco: for picturesque route bike trail to Bay Trail
- Montreal: Quebec’s largest city becoming first in the North America to launch a full-blown in bike-share system.
- Washington DC: Go cycling on Mount Vernon trail and even all over city
- Tucson: Miles of bike lanes crisscrossing the old Spanish pueblo. Popular routes are following Rillito River.
Go cycling. It will be more fun then getting in traffic and in those buses. Rather enjoy scenic views when ever you want, with obvious advantages of getting exercise also done along with keeping your environment more pollution free.