Chattanooga named No. 34 on List of America's 50 Best Bike Cities
Cyclists ride past the Hunter Museum. TFP photo
Bicycling Magazine's biennial ranking of America's Best Bike Cities Top 50 list names the Scenic City as number 34.
According to the magazine, “Chattanooga boasts a multi-modal-minded department of transportation that encourages commuters to bring their bikes aboard the historic Incline Railway which scales the 1,700-foot-high Lookout Mountain.”
Larger metropolitan areas have moved up the list, with New York landing the top spot. In stark contrast, Suffolk County, a Long Island suburb of New York City, was named the worst for cyclists. Suffolk County consistently ranks amongst the most dangerous places in the entire country to ride a bicycle according to the magazine's news release.
“More and more, the leaders of the cities who appear on our list are understanding what Bicycling has long said: Bikes are accurate and sensitive indicators of an urban area's vibrancy and livability,” said Bicycling Editor-in-Chief Bill Strickland. “One of the most rewarding aspects of this undertaking is watching a city make changes in response to our survey that cause it to rise through the rankings and become a better place to live—for everyone, not just those who pedal there.”
How Bicycling chose America's Best Bike Cities Top 50 The statistics and summaries noted in the magazine represent just some of what was considered when this list was compiled. The editorial team mined U.S. Census data for such factors as overall percentage of bike commuters in each city and the rate by which that number is growing. They catalogued the amount and quality of cycling infrastructure in each city—including miles of protected bike lanes and roadways marked with sharrows (shared lane markings)—and how recently it's been implemented. They also relied on data collected by national advocacy groups like the League of American Bicyclists, the Alliance for Biking and Walking, and People for Bikes. They also talked to local advocates, officials, and everyday riders in each city on the final list, as well as those cities that didn't make the cut.
America's Best Bike Cities Top 50:
1. NEW YORK 2. CHICAGO 3. MINNEAPOLIS 4. PORTLAND, OR 5. WASHINGTON D.C 6. BOULDER, CO 7. SAN FRANCISCO 8. SEATTLE 9. FORT COLLINS, CO 10. CAMBRIDGE, MA 11. AUSTIN 12. DENVER 13. MADISON, WI 14. PHILADELPHIA 15. EUGENE, OR 16. BOSTON 17. TEMPE, AR 18. TUCSON, AR 19. ARLINGTON, VI 20. BOISE, ID 21. PITTSBURGH 22. NEW ORLEANS 23. LONG BEACH, CA 24. SAN JOSE, CA 25. INDIANAPOLIS 26. SALT LAKE CITY 27. OAKLAND, CA 28. LOS ANGELES 29. MIAMI 30. SCOTTSDALE, AR 31. ALEXANDRIA, VA 32. SACRAMENTO, CA 33. THOUSAND OAKS, CA 34. CHATTANOOGA, TN 35. CINCINNATI, OH 36. MILWAUKEE, WI 37. GAINESVILLE, FL 38. SALEM, OR 39. ALBUQUERQUE 40. SAINT PAUL, MN 41. GRAND RAPIDS, MI 42. RENO, NV 43. LOUISVILLE, KY 44. COLUMBIA, MI 45. COLORADO SPRINGS 46. ANN ARBOR, MI 47. OMAHA, NE 48. SAN ANTONIO, TX 49. DES MOINES, IA 50. CLEVELAND, OH
Sunday, January 21 2018 12:50 AM EST2018-01-21 05:50:24 GMT
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