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Minneapolis Tops San Francisco, Portland as Most Bikeable City of 2015

Bike Score Now Available for More Than 150 U.S. Cities

Minneapolis is the most bikeable city in the U.S. in 2015. With a Bike Score of 81.3, Minneapolis has a strong lead over San Francisco (75.1) and Portland (72.0).

In celebration of National Bike Month, we’ve updated and expanded our Bike Score ranking to a total of 154 U.S. cities and more than 10,000 neighborhoods. Below we rank the 20 most bikeable cities with populations of 300,000 or more.

Bike Score Ranking of Large U.S. Cities

Rank City Bike Score
1 Minneapolis, MN 81.3
2 San Francisco, CA 75.1
3 Portland, OR 72.0
4 Denver, CO 71.3
5 Boston, MA 70.3
6 Chicago, IL 70.2
7 Washington, D.C. 69.5
8 Sacramento, CA 68.9
9 Tucson, AZ 67.9
10 Philadelphia, PA 67.5
11 Long Beach, CA 66.4
12 New York, NY 65.1
13 Seattle, WA 63.0
14 Oakland, CA 60.9
15 Aurora, CO 60.8
16 New Orleans, LA 60.1
17 Miami, FL 59.7
18 Albuquerque, NM 59.6
19 Mesa, AZ 58.5
20 Santa Ana, CA 57.1

“Biking is central to the healthy Minneapolis lifestyle and to a lot of people’s decisions about where to live in and around the city,” said James Garry, a Redfin agent and avid biker in Minneapolis. “In the past year, several of my clients have chosen to buy smaller houses in South Minneapolis rather than larger, similarly priced ones in the suburbs, simply so they could bike to work during the week and around Lake Harriet on weekends.”

Most Bikeable Cities of 2015

More Bike Scores!

A handful of smaller cities didn’t make the list but deserve recognition. All college towns, they boast some of the country’s highest Bike Scores:

Bike Score’s expansion means people now will be able to search for bikeable places to live (and visit) in more than 30 new cities, including Providence, RI (66.9), Baltimore (56.1), Detroit (55.0) and Fort Lauderdale (53.6). Many thanks to the local government officials in the newly added cities for providing the data used to compute the scores.

Better Infrastructure, Better Bike Scores

Thanks to investments in infrastructure such as protected bike lanes and networks of bike paths, several cities saw big increases in their Bike Scores since the 2013 ranking. On average, cities that ranked in the top 20 saw an increase of more than two Bike Score points. Chicago’s Bike Score increased by almost nine full points, from 61.5 in 2013 to 70.2 today. In the past two years, the Chicago Department of Transportation has launched and grown the Divvy bike share system and expanded its on-street bike network to include more than 225 miles of bike lanes and routes. Expect the city’s score to climb in the next five years as Mayor Emanuel’s Chicago Streets for Cycling Plan 2020 includes completion of a 645-mile network of on-street bikeways by 2020. Many Chicagoans are already considering bike-friendliness when choosing a place to live.

“Many of my clients don’t own cars,” said Clayton Jirak, a Redfin agent and cycling proponent in Chicago. “They search for condo buildings with dedicated, secure bike rooms in proximity to bike lanes and major trails around Chicago. Our diverse transportation options have made Chicagoans less auto-centric and created a more bike-friendly city.”

In San Francisco too, cyclists have seen more protected bike lanes added over the past couple years, reflected in a five-point Bike Score increase from 70.0 in 2013 to 75.1 today. And there are more to come, as the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) last month announced its commitment to start construction on more than 24 miles of bike infrastructure improvements.

Looking for a good place to ride a bike? Click here for our complete ranking of more than 150 cities and 10,000 neighborhoods. If you’re looking to move to a more bikeable place, Redfin offers Bike Score information about homes for sale across the U.S. Renters can search apartments by commute time on Walk Score and find places to live within an easy bike ride to work.

Methodology
Bike Score measures whether a location is good and safe for biking on a scale from 0 – 100 based on four equally weighted components:

  • Bike lanes
  • Hills
  • Destinations and road connectivity
  • Share of local workers’ commutes traveled by bicycle

Portland Tops New Bike Score Ranking

In celebration of a Bike to Work Week and National Bike Month, we’ve updated our ranking of Most Bikeable Large U.S. Cities.

Portland narrowly edges out hilly San Francisco for the top spot, with Denver (home of the legendary B-cycle bike share) coming in a close third.

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Top 10 Most Bikeable Large U.S. Cities

1. Portland (Bike Score: 70.3)

2. San Francisco (Bike Score: 70.0)

3. Denver (Bike Score: 69.5)

4. Philadelphia (Bike Score: 68.4)

5. Boston (Bike Score: 67.8)

6. Washington D.C. (Bike Score: 65.3)

7. Seattle (Bike Score: 60.4*)

8. Tucson (Bike Score: 64.1)

9. New York (Bike Score: 62.3)

10. Chicago (Bike Score: 61.5)

Note: to keep our rankings apples-to-apples the list above only includes cities with 500,000 or more residents.

Smaller cities like Cambridge, MA crushed it with a Bike Score of 92 and Davis, Boulder, and Berkeley all scored in the high 80s.  Minneapolis also deserves an honorable mention with a Bike Score of 79.

Bike Score Now Available For 100+ Cities

Bike Score is now available for over 100 U.S. cities.

Type your address into the “Get a Walk Score” field at the top of this page to get your Bike Score.

Across the U.S. bicycle commuting grew 47% between 2000 and 2011. However, in cities that are making investments in bicycle infrastructure and education (which includes all of the Top 10 Bike Score cities listed above), bicycle commuting has grown 80% over the same period. This trend is leading a growing number of multi-family developers to build bike-friendly housing with secure storage spaces for bicycles and even putting repair shops in the buildings. As the current leading city for bikers, Portland real estate is also quite affordable when compared to the second best: San Francisco.

Find Apartments By Bike Commute Time

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Find a Bikeable Place to Live

With Walk Score’s unique apartment search by commute time you can find places to live within an easy bike commute to work.  If you’re a biker looking to buy a home try Redfin’s real estate search.

If you’re still not biking, ask yourself if you’d like to be healthier, save money, and save the world.

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 *Updated April 28, 2015: We retroactively corrected Seattle’s 2013 Bike Score from 64.1 to 60.4. This new score reflects a reduced weight given to sharrows when calculating the city’s bikeability, in line with the methodology used for other scores in this ranking. While sharrows help to make space for bicyclists on streets shared with cars, they are less safe than heavier-weighted infrastructure like designated bike lanes and residential bike paths.

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Bike Score Expands to 25 U.S. Cities

By popular vote, we now have Bike Score in 25 U.S. cities and 11 Canadian cities—for any address. How bikeable is your office? School? Home? Hotel? If you live, work or play in any of these US cities, you can now find a Bike Score for anywhere inside the city limits.

America doubled the number of protected bicycle lanes “green lanes” in 2012 and is projected to double the number of green lanes again in 2013. Danes and Dutch might smirk at the US cycling infrastructure. But it’s notable for a country built for cars, not walkability.

Thousands of cyclists voted for more than 300 cities during National Bike Month 2012. The top 10 voted on cities (for which we could obtain bike data) plus 5 additional cities are now scored. The 15 cities below, combined with the top 10 Bike Score ranked US cities, expands Bike Score to any address within 25 cities.

#1 voted for city Cincinnati = Bike Score 37
#2 voted for city Austin = Bike Score 45
#3 voted for city Pittsburgh = Bike Score 39
#4 voted for city Philadelphia = Bike Score 68
#5 voted for city Miami = Bike Score 57
#6 voted for city Oakland = Bike Score 57
#7 voted for city Houston = Bike Score 49
#8 voted for city Los Angeles = Bike Score 54
#9 voted for city Eugene = Bike Score 75
#10 voted for city San Diego = Bike Score 48

5 additional voted on cities also now have a Bike Score including Ann Arbor =Bike Score 76, Boulder = Bike Score 86, Fort Collins = Bike Score 78, Tempe = Bike Score 75 and Tyler = Bike Score 38. Thanks to all who voted.

Bike Score for Any Address

What’s the Bike Score of your home, office, school, or apartment? Find the Bike Score of any address in the 15 new cities and top 10 Bike Score cities. Type any address in the “Get a Walk Score” field above to find its Bike Score. See Bike Score range details from 0 to 100.

For fun, here is the Bike Score for top schools, employers and attractions in several cities:

Washington, DC’s US Capitol = Bike Score 89 (see visual below)
Eugene’s University of Oregon campus = Bike Score 96
Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell = Bike Score 96
San Francisco’s Gap Inc headquarters = Bike Score 86
Seattle’s Amazon.com headquarters = Bike Score 85
Austin’s University of Texas campus = Bike Score 75
Chicago’s Groupon = Bike Score 65
San Diego Zoo = Bike Score 61
New York City’s NBC headquarters = Bike Score 58
Los Angeles’ UCLA = Bike Score 55

Bonus: Walk Score Now Has Bike Shares

We have also mapped nearly 1,600 locations of bike shares across North America. Search for any address in these cities and find bike share locations listed as one of the main categories: Boston, Denver, Minneapolis, New York, Houston, Washington, D.C., Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Broward, Charlotte, Des Moines, Kailua, Kansas City, Madison, Nashville, Omaha, San Antonio and Spartanburg. Best ways to use bike shares.

Resolve to Bike More in 2013

Make a New Year’s resolution to bike more in 2013. Here are a few good reasons why:

  1. Riding reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke by 50%.
  2. Cycling has been shown to help with weight loss.
  3. Bicycling has grown over the past 20 years in the US. The number of bike commuters rose by 64% from 1990 to 2009.

Bike Score Details

Bike Score Is Here

Bike Score Map of Seattle

Just in time for Bike to Work Week, we are thrilled to launch Bike Score and our first ranking of the most bikeable U.S. cities.

See how your city ranks and vote for your city to be next to get Bike Score.

We’ll add Bike Score for the top 10 cities receiving votes between now and the end of National Bike Month on May 31, 2012.

How Bike Score Works

Bike Score provides a 0-100 rating of the bikeability of a location based on the availability of bike infrastructure (lanes and trails), the hilliness of the area, destinations and road connectivity, and the number of bike commuters.

The Bike Score for a city is then calculated by applying the Bike Score algorithm block-by-block throughout the city and weighting the scores by population density. Read the methodology details.

Seattle Bike Lanes

We collected thousands of votes for over one hundred ideas from our community on how to calculate Bike Score. Thank you!

The Bike Score methodology was developed in collaboration with Professor Meghan Winters at Simon Fraser University and Professors Michael Brauer and Kay Teschke at the University of British Columbia under a grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Bicycling by the Numbers

• Americans made 4 billion trips by bicycle in 2009, more than twice as many as in 2001.
• Bike commuting increased 43% between 2000 and 2010.
• 71% of Americans say they would like to bicycle more than they do now.

Read our official press release or view the Bike Score rankings.

Bike Score: Built by bikers, for bikers!