Philadelphia, Pa.: Greatest Cycling Cities in America
In a city where studies have proven that commuting by bike is actually
faster than by bus or car, Philadelphia proves its bike enthusiasm by
turning its traffic-congested central areas into bicycle-friendly zones.
a 2009 bike commuter percentage of 2.16, Philadelphia has installed
approximately 1,000 bicycle racks in its Center City and surrounding
neighborhoods. Though Philadelphians mostly commute by car (61 percent),
followed by public transportation (26.4 percent), walking (8 percent)
and riding a bicycle (2.16 percent), Philadelphia's bicycle commute
"mode share" (1.2 percent) is larger than New York City's (.06 percent),
though not quite as large as Washington D.C.'s (2.0 percent) and
Portland's (4.0 percent).
Aside from its growing bicycle-friendly
infrastructure, Philly has a colorful bike scene, consisting of
enthusiasts who find the city's quaint size conducive to daily commutes
or just riding with friends. Philly's annual Tweed Ride attracts large
crowds decked out in vintage wear; if you're lucky, you may even spot a
penny-farthing or two at this event.