Thrillist.com offers a look at the top bicycling cities in America.
There is a push to make Americans healthier. There is a push to make America more energy-efficient and to use less oil and gas. There is a push to make the air cleaner across the country.
One way to help make all of those things a reality is to ride a bicycle.
Some urban areas embrace the bicycle and the bicycle rider, and the website Thrillist.com celebrates those cities with its list of the top American urban areas for bicyclists.
We are at the end of National Bike Month, and new data shows that bicycle commuting has risen 60 percent over the past 10 years. Bicyclists are finding it easier to get to work these days, which improves their health, reduces emissions from motor vehicles and reduces energy usage.
Topping the list of cities is Washington, D.C. which offers more than 2,500 bicycles in its Capital Bikeshare program, which hosts 300 stations for bike pickup and dropoff. There is a two-mile bike path going from the U.S. Congress to the Lincoln Memorial that passes numerous museums along the way.
Seattle is home to a 15-mile Classic Loop that runs from Pike Place Market and runs to Puget Sound. There are numerous bicycle city tours, including a five-hour ride on Bainbridge Island. The Watertown Hotel downtown offers free loaner bikes and helmets to tourists.
New York City now offers more than 6,000 bikes in its Citibike program, and it is increasing the number of bike paths through Manhattan. The Hudson River Greenway offers an 11-mile pathway from Inwood to Battery Park.
Portland, Ore., has invested $613 million to expand its bike paths to 1,000 miles by 2030. It has the highest rate of bicycling commuters in the country, and the city sponsors Pedalpalooza in June, when bicycle enthusiasts across the country gather to celebrate their personal transportation preference.
Chicago has 170 miles of protected bicycle paths in the city, and the 18.5 mile path that borders Lake Michigan and Lake Shore Drive. The city also has the North Branch Trail which follows the Chicago River north from downtown.
Minneapolis has the second-highest rate of bicycling commuters to Portland, and its Nice Ride Minneapolis bike-sharing program is supported by 84 miles of paths along the city. Minneapolis is also relatively flat, making it an easy ride for the beginner of novice rider.
Kent McDill is a staff writer for Millionaire Corner. McDill spent 30 years as a sports writer, working for United Press International and the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill. From 1988-1999, he covered the Chicago Bulls for the Daily Herald, traveling with them every day through the nine-month season. He also covered the Bulls for UPI from 1985-88, and currently covers the team for www.nba.com. He has written two books on the Bulls, including the new title “100 Things Bulls Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die’, published by Triumph Books. In August 2013, his new book “100 Things Bears Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die” gets published.
In 2008, he resigned from the Herald and became a freelance writer. The Herald hired him to write business features and speeches for the Daily Herald Business Conferences and Awards presentations.
McDill also writes a monthly parenting column for the Herald’s Suburban Parent magazine.
McDill is the father of four children, and an active fan of soccer, Jimmy Buffett and all things Disney.