What makes a city 'bike-friendly'? Safety? Ease of transport? Good scenery? How about all of the above? The team at Tower Electric Bikes took a look at many of these same factors to determine which cities in the US were the most and least friendly for bikers. They factored in daily commuters and recreational riders as well as the bike fatality rates per 100,000 residents of each city.
Lastly the team used information from peopleforbikes.org to find each city's Bike Network Analysis score or how easily people can get to places in their city while on a bike. The top city on the list Crested Butte in Colorado had a super high BNA score helping its total bike friendliness score to 320.22. Stanford CA, Provincetown MA, Berkeley CA and Davis CA rounded out the top 5 friendliest bike cities. On the flip side Los Angeles CA had the worst bike friendliness score due to its high bike fatality rate, low bike network analysis and low bike commuter percentage. LA was followed by Houston TX, Phoenix AZ, Chicago IL and San Bernardino CA respectively.
Infographic by: towerelectricbikes