Cleveland, Ohio: Greatest Cycling Cities in America
The underdog of this list, this historic rust belt city is home to an
impassioned and persevering community of bike riders. Cleveland's
most-recent bicycle endeavor, The Complete and Green Streets
ordinance, consists of a law that requires 20 percent of money spent on
road projects to go to bike-friendly features such as bike-only lanes
-- one of several efforts to increase the city's bike commuter
percentage of .39. "Cleveland was one of the first cities in the country
to temporarily close streets to motorized traffic so they can be
enjoyed by cyclists and pedestrians," say local rider Jeff Sugalski.
exciting feature of Cleveland's urban cycling scene is its Metroparks,
or nature preserves with walking, hiking and bicycling trails along
river paths and creeks. Local rider Shawn Mariani is a true believer in
the city's bike scene. "The growth that Cleveland's bike culture has had
recently is tremendous, and the only change I would like to see for the
future is increased numbers of people on bikes," he says.