I started looking on the internet for answers to this several days ago. Very systematic. Start a spread sheet and list the results of each source side by side. Simple. Except what was each list based on. Ride you bike to work? Ride your bike for Pleasure? Most miles of bike lanes? Most miles of bike trails. Not so simple. So I’m just giving you the links to some of what I though was some of the better sites.
The Atlantic, an online news source published a top 15 or so of America’s Top Cities for Bike Commuting: Happier, Too. I like some of the information that was given and how that influenced their choices. In Richard Florida’s article on top cities it sited an article about Americas Fittest Cities. The short of it is that the cities with the most percentage of people biking to work also were the fittest cities, made the most money, were the happiest and most educated. Surprised me somewhat the climate had little or nothing to do with it. Percentage of population smoking did.
Online Bicycling, has a top 50 list that many others seem to copy. I really suggest you visit thier web sites. I some cases there is additional information that helps describe how these selections were made.
|Bicycling||Smart Planet||League of Bicyclist|
|1||Minneapolis||Minneapolis, Minn.||Boulder CO|
|2||Portland, OR||Portland, Ore.||Davis CA|
|3||Boulder, CO||Boulder, Colo.||Portland OR|
|4||Seattle WA||Seattle, Wash.||Breckenridge CO|
|5||Eugene, OR||Eugene, Ore.||Corvallis OR|
|6||San Francisco, CA||San Francisco, Calif.||Eugene OR|
|7||Madison, WI||Madison, Wisc.||Fort Collins CO|
|8||New Youk City||New York, N.Y.||Jackson and Teton|
|9||Tucson, AZ||Tucson, Ariz.||Madison WI|
|10||Chicago, IL||Chicago, Ill.||Minneapolis MN|