Jun 29, 2023 - News

Minneapolis named best big city for biking

Illustration of a pattern of bicycles.

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Minneapolis won the most recent battle with Portland, Ore., in the long-running war between the two cities over which is the best for biking.

Pedaling the news: PeopleForBikes released on Tuesday its seventh-annual "Best Places to Bike" report, providing ratings for 1,484 U.S. cities based on the quality of their bike network.

How it works: Cities are rated 0-100 based on factors including protected lanes, safe crossings, speed limits, and connections throughout the city, with a score of 50 and up representing "a great place to bike."

State of play: Minneapolis scored a 68 rating, the best among cities with populations of more than 300,000. St. Paul came in seventh, with a score of 51.

  • Nearby Ashland, Wis., ranked fifth for small cities, and La Crosse, Wis., ranked ninth for medium cities.

Zoom out: San Francisco (63); Seattle (62); Philadelphia (57) and Portland(56) round out the top five.

The backdrop: Bicycle infrastructure has improved nationwide as the pandemic-era cycling boom seems to have staying power.

  • The nine highest-rated large cities improved their score year-over-year, including three that crossed the threshold of 50.
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