Top 10 bike-friendly cities: PeopleForBikes publishes annual rankings

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Wondering how easy (or difficult) it can be to get around your location by bike? PeopleForBikes has a list for that.

PeopleForBikes today announced its ranking among the top 10 most bike-friendly cities in Europe, the United States, Canada and more. Here are the cities that made the list and why – think of bike lanes, trails, and more.

For the fourth year in a row, PeopleForBikes has conducted a thorough analysis of cities around the world and their cycling fitness. “[This year’s] The City Ratings analysis rated more than 750 cities and towns around the world to identify the best cities for cycling, ”said PeopleForBikes.

Cyclists in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

PeopleForBikes works to improve access, safety, equity and more for bike users and cities everywhere. Basically, they are working inside and outside the industry to get more people on bikes.

For this reason, this is not just a top 10 list – the analysis also encompasses measures and insights that city guides and citizens alike can take to make their cities even friendlier to cyclists.

Without further ado, the best cities and places for cycling are listed here.

Top 10 Overall Best Cities in the United States for Bicycles

10. Traverse City, Michigan

9. San Luis Obispo, California

8. Boulder, Colorado

7. Davis, California

6. Solvang, California

5. Berkeley, California

4. Lompoc, California

3. Pella, Iowa

2. Alma, Michigan

1. Provincetown, Massachusetts

We’ve listed the overall rankings here, but a few additional cities have won best in cycling based on score and size (e.g. Brooklyn, New York won first place for major cities).

Curious how these cities got on the list? Check out PeopleForBikes Information on the ranking here.

Change the rules

It’s worth noting that PeopleForBikes is constantly optimizing its rating system and scope. That also explains why no city has cracked the top 10 every year since 2018 and only three in three of the last four years. In the last four city rankings, the vast majority of U.S. cities – 24 out of 30, or 80% – didn’t repeat themselves on the one-year list within that time frame.

While your city may get on the coveted list this year, according to the past few years it will likely disappear from the list in the next year as PeopleForBikes changes its dates and processes.

According to PeopleForBikes, they switched to a 100 point scoring system instead of 5 points this year. The company also revised last year’s five-factor system, which assessed passenger numbers, network, safety, acceleration and range. Instead, PeopleForBikes only rated the perception of the network and the community (self-assessments based on driver surveys).

Check out the city rankings of. at 2018, 2019, and 2020.

Live outside of the US? Bike through these cities abroad

Copenhagen best city for biking and cyclingA bike-friendly street in Copenhagen.

Do you live outside of North America? Don’t worry, PeopleForBikes has data for bike-friendly cities near you!

International cities that performed the city rating analysis this year include Utrecht and Amsterdam, Netherlands; Catalonia, Spain; Antwerp, Belgium; and Paris, France.

This year, PeopleForBikes also separately rated the top 10 best cities for cycling in Canada and Australia. Check out the full leaderboard.

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