Chicago named nation's top bicycling city

  • Bicycling Magazine recently released its list of the top 50 best bicycling cities in the nation based on biking infrastructure and bike-share programs.
  • Chicago ranks as the best city for biking, with 100 newly added buffered and protected bike lanes since the re-election of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
  • The list is based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau and Department of Transportation on more than 100 cities and opinions from various national bicycling groups.

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In big cities throughout the nation, locals are trading in their four wheels for bicycles in droves. Buses and trains offer alternative transportation options, but cycling has a whole different appeal — it is low cost, calorie-burning and an easy excuse to spend time outdoors.