Portland has been named America’s best cycling city, according to a new Bicycling Magazine ranking released this week. To determine the top 50 bike-friendly cities for 2012, Bicycling Magazine evaluated cities with populations of 95,000 or more, using data provided by the Alliance for Biking and Walking and the League of American Bicyclists, as well as input from local advocates and bike-ped coordinators. To make the list, a city must possess both a robust cycling infrastructure and a vibrant bike culture.
Portland, on the Columbia River across from Vancouver, Wash., is also the fastest-growing city for bike commuting, up 1.3 percentage points since 2006. San Francisco grew 0.7 percentage points in the same period.
Minneapolis, which topped the list last year, fell to second place, followed by Boulder, Washington D.C., and Chicago. Also notable in 7th place is New York City, which will launch the largest bike share program in the country this summer called Citi Bike.
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