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. Bicycling magazine recently released its 50 Best Bike Cities of 2016 list, noting the nation's most progressive cities leading the way for safer and more accessible streets. The biennial list pulled data from the U.S. Census Bureau and and Department of Transportation for more than 100 cities, as well as help from People for Bikes, the Alliance for Biking & Walking and the League of American Bicyclists. The list's ranking was based on bike infrastructure, people per bike-share bike, bicycle facilities, bicycling-friendly businesses and more. Top 10 best bicycling cities in the nation Ranking no. 1 is Chicago, where Mayor Rahm Emanuel took over reigns to build 100 miles of buffered and protected ...