Great Bike-Friendly Cities

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Exploring North American cities by bike is only getting easier, thanks to the creation of more bike lanes, commuter-friendly policies, and a number of open street programs being introduced across the country. In the March issue of Traveler, writer David Swanson spotlights some of these steps taken in several cities. Boston’s hired a former Olympic cyclist to helm their biking initiative, and established over 15 miles of bike lanes. In Portland, Oregon, visitors will find 75 miles of off-street cycle paths, and dozens of rental shops for navigating through the city. In New York City, the Greenway allows you to ride for miles along the Hudson River, while in San Diego, you can ride a 26-mile loop around San Diego Bay. Check out the entire article for more routes, pathways, and rental sites, then grab a bike and hit the road.

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Comments

  1. Jon
    February 25, 2010, 5:36 pm

    This is interesting, I would add more international cities. For example Bogota Colombia shuts down major roadways every Sunday throughout the entire city to allow for biking, running, etc.

  2. Patricia
    April 8, 2010, 4:02 pm

    I would never think they have such a bike trail in San Francisco. Maybe it is a much cooler way to do sightseeing than walking up and down their hills. I am sure we can cover a larger distance and get less tired if we do it on bikes. Now I have food for thought for our upcoming visit to San Francisco. It’s nice to be able to find useful resources online and plan your trip in advance.

  3. Mountain Biking San Diego
    August 6, 2010, 7:07 pm

    Great article! I love that San Diego got mentioned, lately it seems that we have more and more bikes. I think we could all take a lesson from Portland, though. Its pretty cool being up there and seeing people embracing bicycles as a real viable method of transportation. The city is backing the bikers to by making more and more improvements to keep it safe for cyclists. Viva biking!!!