Portland ranks best bike city in America
By Gretchen Holzgang
After losing to Minneapolis in a ranking that received much press last week, Portland regained its biking bragging rights with two new lists.
It was only last week Portland came in second in the nation for “most bikeable cities” by Bike Score. Now Portland is redeeming itself.
Portland ranked No. 1, with the most cyclists per capita, for America’s 50 Best Bike Cities by Bicycling Magazine, up from its No. 2 ranking in 2010.
Minneapolis, which topped Bike Score's list, ranked No. 2, followed by Boulder, Colo., at No. 3. Eugene, Ore., ranked No. 9 and Seattle came in at the No. 10 spot.
For its ranking, Bicycling Magazine evaluate cities with populations of 95,000 or more with data from the League of American Bicyclists and the Alliance for Bike and Walking. The magazine also interviewed hundreds of cycling experts in cities throughout the nation.
Portland also ranked No. 1 for bike commuting in the U.S. this week, as reported by Bloomberg News. Some 5.4 percent of the city’s workforce bike commutes, according to the 2010 Census. Ranking second, with 3 percent of its workers bike commuting, was San Francisco.
Seattle ranked third at 2.8 percent, securing a West Coast sweep for the top three spots.
It appears our city isn’t looking to give up its No. 1 position any time soon either. Portland was also the fastest-growing city for bike commuting, up 1.3 percentage points since 2006, according to census data.
In addition to bike commuting's health and environmental benefits, a new study by the League of American Bicyclists, Sierra Club and National Council of La Raza (NCLR) shows it has economic benefits too. Cyclists in the U.S. save an estimated $4.6 billion every year on gas and transportation costs.
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