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The 10 Greatest Cycling Cities in America
Discover which cities offer the safest biking infrastructure and the most supportive cycling communities.
San Francisco: Greatest American Cycling Cities
Bay Area is a natural fit for the forward-thinkers of Apple, Twitter and Facebook, and leaders
of countless grassroots movements and alternative lifestyle fads. According to the San
Francisco Bicycle Coalition, the city has seen a 58 percent increase in
its number of cyclers between 2006 and 2010. Considering the city's steep hills, this number is double impressive. But San
Franciscans are serious about their two-wheeled ride of choice. The SF
Bike Coalition provides urban cycling workshops as well as bike maps that direct riders to the flattest and shortest routes.
Right now, the
city's percentage of bicycling commuters is 2.98 percent. Like the Big Apple, San Francisco plans to begin a bike share program in the spring
of 2012. The program will include 50 bike share stations and 500
bikes. In addition, during rush-hours, the city offers a $1 Bay
Bridge shuttle just for cyclers and their bikes. And once the
2013-projected retrofit project is complete, the Bay Bridge will also have a 15.5-foot-wide bicycle and pedestrian path.
By Michelle Udem, FrontDoor.com