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Old 02-17-2009, 09:39 AM
 
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Here is a link to the most bike-friendly communities in America as decided upon by the League of American Bicyclists:
League of American Bicyclists * Bicycle Friendly Community Campaign
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Old 02-18-2009, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Richmond
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Richmond, VA
Charlottesville, VA
Colonial Williamsburg, VA
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Old 02-18-2009, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Western Hoosierland
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The Indianapolis area is starting to be a big bike friendly city
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Old 02-18-2009, 02:44 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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New York has come a long way in recent years. The City has hundreds of miles of bike lanes and has pledged to have 900 miles of bike lanes by 2030. They're well on their way. The City is also making bike lanes safer. The old model of a 4-foot lane on the side of the street is out the window. The City is using street furniture such as benches and planters to separate the bike lane from traffic and parked cars, and is painting bike lanes in a bright green color. A number of greenways and other types of trails also criss cross the city. The City is making an effort to create a real, interconnected network of bicycle facilities.

I go cycling in NYC all the time and it's great! Despite NY's rep for crazy traffic, it's actually very easy to get around on a bike. And with special lanes and trails all over the place I feel much safer than I do in Jersey.

NYC Bike Map 2008 The 2009 map will be out this Spring.
Transportation Alternatives, a resource for bicyclists and transit users.

The City Department of Transportation hosts the 5 Boroughs Bike Tour, an annual event in which 36,000 cyclists (this is a set limit, would be many thousands more if possible) take to the city's streets to promote awareness and experience NYC on 2 wheels. It's a 42-mile ride through all five boroughs, and lots of fun crossing bridges, riding on expressways and city streets, which are closed to traffic for the day! It's more like a moving party than a race or "serious ride."

Also, the city started a "Summer Streets" program last year. On several Saturdays each summer, Park Avenue and other streets are closed off to cars/trucks and opened up to bicycles and pedestrians. The car-free route goes 7 miles from Central Park down through Lower Manhattan and across the Brooklyn Bridge. Along the way are snack/water stands, live music and entertainment, games, free massages, bike maintenance classes, etc. Very popular event!
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Old 02-18-2009, 03:16 PM
 
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I second Richmonder's post. Richmond, VA is very bike friendly and there's a lot of specified groups bike riders can be a part of (fixed gear groups, bmx groups, road bike groups, etc). The local bike shops also hold a lot of activities for bike riders, like festivals and races. Also, for bmx bike riders, FBM is supposedly moving from NY to Richmond, so that's kinda cool. They had their Ghetto Big Air Jam in Richmond last fall (featuring a 12ft quater made exclusively of wood crates).
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Old 02-18-2009, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Singapore
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Portland, Oregon is considered to be ranked 2nd in the world, behind Amsterdam. No one will ever best the Dutch.

It's not just in Amsterdam either. The entire country is full of bikes.
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Old 02-18-2009, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Boulder, CO, is considered extremely bicyle-friendly with its dedicated trail and road system
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Old 02-18-2009, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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League of American Bicyclists - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 02-18-2009, 10:55 PM
 
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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Albuquerque has lots of trails and I've even seen the city take away car lanes to put in bike lanes. This city is bike lane crazy and the mayor put in bikes downtown for people to rent.
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Old 02-18-2009, 11:23 PM
 
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Richmond, VA
Charlottesville, VA
Colonial Williamsburg, VA
...except in Williamsburg all the bikers ride around on those old school bikes with an 8' front wheel and the bike lanes aren't paved.
http://blog.lib.umn.edu/salwa002/architecture/old%20bike.jpg (broken link)
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