Best towns to ride a bike

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  • 12-18-2011
    Best towns to ride a bike
    In all of my travels in the U.S., I have found great hike/bike roads and trails in the following cities and towns.
    I'd like to hear about others.

    #1, by far Portland, OR.

    Followed by:
    Eugene, OR
    Spokane, WA
    Austin, TX -- (If you are near downtown/UT area)
    Des Moines, IA
    Santa Barbara, CA
  • 12-18-2011
    rodar y rodar
    DesMoines? Can`t argue it, but I have to say it surprises me to see that.

    Though I haven`t biked in a lot of places, the towns I`ve most enjoyed riding through have had populations under 1000.
  • 12-19-2011
    I agree rodar. The town I live in is bikeable all around but it's very small (under 1000). It's nice because it's only 20 miles outside of a larger town (Bloomington, IN), but there is little urban sprawl between making for some good country cruise roads.

    Bloomington is working on gaining platinum status for cyclists, but they have a long way to go before it's convenient. A new north south trail is a great start though (the B-Line) and more rail trail path is in the works.
  • 12-19-2011
    Well here on the commuter forum, I would have to say the answer is the town you live in and the town you work in. As fun as bikes are for recreation, there is something special about using them as transportation too, wherever you live. If you are starting out and picking a place that is "bike friendly", I would consider the weather as much as the bike-amenities in the town. And "good weather" for biking is highly subjective.
  • 12-19-2011
    Go Eugene!
  • 01-10-2012
    Grand Junction, CO. 300 days of sunshine, flat roads in a outdoors/biker friendly town, with crazy trails and mountains surrounding town.
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  • 01-11-2012
    Minneapolis, MN. Very extensive network of bike paths throughout the entire city and outlying areas. That's dedicated bike paths, not bike lanes, although they have those, too. You can commute in on bike paths from 10+ miles out. Some of the busier paths are plowed in the winter. Disclaimer: I don't know about other metropolitan areas acept Louisville, which is not as nice.