• Posted Sep 4, 2014

Finally an Iowa town makes the list!

Bicycling Magazine releases its "50 most cycling-friendly cities in the USA" every two years and as far as we know this is the first time a town in Iowa has made the list.


The rankings are based on percentage of bike commuters, amount and quality of cycling infrastructure, transportation budgets, civic and political commitment, historical performance, future projections and more.

Per Bicycling Magazine:

"To make our Top 50, a city must also support a vibrant and diverse bike culture. It must have smart, savvy bike shops. A few notes: We considered only cities with populations of 100,000 or more. We strove for geographical diversity, to avoid having a list dominated by California's many bike-oriented cities. If your town isn't named below—or if it falls on our worst-cities list—then use this as an opportunity to do something about it, like cyclists in Miami did after their city earned a black mark in 2008. And if your city is one of the 50 listed below? Go out and enjoy a ride."

Here is the full list:
1. New York City
2. Chicago
3. Minneapolis
4. Portland, Oregon
5. Washington, D.C.
6. Boulder, Colorado
7. San Francisco
8. Seattle
9. Fort Collins, Colorado
10. Cambridge, Massachusetts
11. Austin
12. Denver
13. Madison, Wisc.
14. Philadelphia
15. Eugene, Oregon
16. Boston
17. Tempe, Ariz.
18. Tucson, Ariz.
19. Arlington, Virginia
20. Boise, Idaho
21. Pittsburgh
22 New Orleans
23. Long Beach, California
24. San Jose, California
25. Indianapolis
26. Salt Lake City
27. Oakland, California
28. Los Angeles
29. Miami
30. Scottsdale, Arizina
31. Alexandria, Virginia
32. Sacramento
33. Thousand Oaks, California
34. Chattanooga
35. Cincinnati
36. Milwaukee
37. Gainsville, Florida
38. Salem, Oregon
39. Albuquerque
40. Saint Paul
41. Grand Rapids, Michigan
42. Reno, Nevada
43. Louisville, Kentucky
44. Columbia, Missouri
45. Colorado Springs
46. Ann Arbor, Michigan
47. Omaha, Nebraska
48. San Antonio
49. Des Moines, Iowa
50. Cleveland

Actually, this is the second time Des Moines was on the list. Two years ago, the capital city rang in at #44. Slipped five notches this time.

#1 - carlvoss posted Oct 20, 2014

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