Washington, D.C.: Greatest Cycling Cities in America

Washington, D.C.: Greatest Cycling Cities in America

Thanks to its temperate weather and stately architecture, our nation's capital is ideal for both urban and recreational bike riding. With a bike commuter percentage of 2.17, D.C.'s small-town feel makes urban cycling a joy as well as a convenient, safe mode of transportation. "One of the most unique things about biking in Washington is how pleasant every trip can be," says local rider Akshai Singh. Without the traffic congestion that taints NYC, D.C. offers its cyclists a scenic and stress-free riding experience. "The more bikers there are, the safer it is to bike," Akshai continues. "D.C. has recognized this fact, embraced biking, and residents are better off for their openness."

Furthermore, D.C. was the first U.S. city to implement a bike share program, which it launched in 2008. The program's success was best illustrated after its unpredicted earthquake occurred on August 23, 2011, when D.C.'s Capital Bike Share program recorded 1,236 rides between 2 and 4 p.m. that day -- more than three times the number of rides recorded for the same period the previous day. When the city's Metro was delayed and most roads were jammed, D.C. residents saw bikes as an ideal transportation solution.

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