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Two bikers use Capitol Bike Share in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo credit: Sam Kittner/Kittner.com, courtesy of Arlington County Commuter Services.)

Good Networks Make Better Bike Cities

June 3rd, 2021

A focus on safe, connected bike networks helped boost these medium-sized cities to top spots in our 2021 City Ratings. ...

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Electric Mountain Bike Access in State Parks is Improving

December 3rd, 2020

Every day, individuals are discovering the many benefits of electric mountain bikes (eMTBs) — they allow more individuals to get out and ride, regardless of their age or physical or cognitive abilities. Electric mountain bikes provide a needed boost to make climbing hills easier and going longer dis ...

eMTB in desert setting

E-Bikes Can Now Access 200+ National Wildlife Refuges

October 23rd, 2019

On Oct. 22, The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced its policy for electric bicycle (e-bike) use on National Wildlife Refuge System Lands. Director’s Order 222 is in response to the Department of Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s Aug. 29 Secretarial Order 3376 directing the Bureau of L ...

San Diego’s J Street.

2019 Safest Cities

May 13th, 2019

The characteristics of any sized city that scores well in Safety are people feeling safe, low fatality rates and low rates of injuries from traffic crashes. We know that more people ride — specifically more women ride — when they not only are safe, but also feel safe. Overall, a high safety score re ...

Overall Winners 2019 City Ratings

2019 City Ratings: Top Overall Cities

May 5th, 2019

We’re pleased to release the 2019 PlacesForBikes City Ratings. Overall this year we saw a much higher rate of participation in our Community Survey and City Snapshot. This means we collected better data and have an improved picture of bicycling in the United States. ...

A section of the Chesapeake & Ohio Towpath in Georgetown, D.C. (Source: Wayne Hsieh; Flickr.)

Virginia’s Fastest-Growing County Makes Room for Bicycles

November 7th, 2018

fficially, Loudoun County’s motto, “I byde my time,” comes from the family coat of arms of John Campbell, the fourth Earl of Loudoun and a commander of British forces in North America. Until recently, it was also a fitting description of the region’s approach to bike infrastructure. ...

Biking in Alexandria’s Jones Point Park.

America’s Best Medium Cities for Biking

October 2nd, 2018

Some of the very best cities for bicycling in the nation are relatively compact —that’s one of the findings from the PlacesForBikes City Ratings, a data-driven comparison of cities based on factors such as the connectivity of their networks, cities’ investment in growing bicycling, ridership and saf ...