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    best city in the usa for bikeing?

    which city is best i assume where i live is the worst most people hate bikers here

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    Quote Originally Posted by windhchaser View Post
    which city is best i assume where i live is the worst most people hate bikers here
    America's Most Bicycle-Friendly Cities | Bicycling Magazine

    I would object to Portland just because there are so many freaking people but all in all not a bad city to bicycle. San Fransisco has as many if not more than Portland but I found it over all very pleasant other than some of the super steep hills. Of course we have those here but not right in the city. I would have rated Pittsburgh higher, actually not a bad place to bicycle and getting better all of the time.
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    Yeah, that's a good place to start. Of course, they focus on cities, not towns so smaller good places like Santa Barbara or Palm Desert don't make the grade while Little Rock does.
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    i bet there is a connection between a city that is bike friendly and intelligence of the people of that city

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    Perhaps, I think that the area around Stanford University was the first area to achieve a platinum rating. Good weather helps too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bjforrestal View Post
    I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.

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    Best would be one without suburban sprawl so it wouldn't take an hour to get out of town to ride in the country side ..

    in that regard , I'm not sure many US large cities pass.

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    Kind of partial to San Diego, but it did not my Bicycling's list at all! Anyway, there is a bit of everything in regards to terrain types and scenery.

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    West of Menlo Park, along Crystal Springs Reservoir: https://www.google.com/maps/@37.5205...22.3494002,13z

    Somewhere along the ride overlooking the reservoir is a pillored something or another remenescent of Maxfield Parrish, utterly beautiful. It might just be the Pulgas Water Temple. In and around Berkeley they've got bikes delivering the bakery's fresh bread throughout the city. Hmmmmm.
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    I'll vote for the Mpls / St. Paul as larger cities supporting cycleing. I just haven't heard much really negative and am hearing about accomplishments and more planning to improve the infrastructure and safety. Granted if are in the city it takes a bit to get totally out, but we have great paved trails both westbound and eastbound. I'm just discovering how possible it is to get from one end to the other if you are ok riding distances. Also have the biking collation , volunteer bike patrols at night and an apparently responsive police force - again I don't hear as much negative from our area as I read about other cities here. Seems like problem locations and issues are dealt with pretty quickly, or at least better that what I expected.

    We also have Minnesota Off Road Cylcle group (MORC ) promoting mountain bike trails on both ends of the cities.
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    Too bad our winters are so horrible though.

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    Here's the complete list of Bike Friendly Cities that have gotten LAB awards.

    League of American Bicyclists Award Database
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bjforrestal View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by windhchaser View Post
    i bet there is a connection between a city that is bike friendly and intelligence of the people of that city
    Doubtful, D.C. is on the list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
    Here's the complete list of Bike Friendly Cities that have gotten LAB awards.

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    Check it out! Minnesota is #2 on the list and Minneapolis gets a Gold. St. Paul gets a Bronze.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
    Here's the complete list of Bike Friendly Cities that have gotten LAB awards.

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    San Diego did not seem to make it, but Oceanside did.

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    My sis just got back from CO and said that Boulder is amazing. And that's coming from someone who lives very near Madison, another excellent bike-friendly city.

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    Quote Originally Posted by klmmicro View Post
    San Diego did not seem to make it, but Oceanside did.
    That's odd.
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    I'm biased, but Denver, definitely Denver. Even most of suburbia here is nice. If you're on the west side of the area, it's a quick ride to get to the mountains, in most cases.
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    Quote Originally Posted by klmmicro View Post
    Kind of partial to San Diego, but it did not my Bicycling's list at all! Anyway, there is a bit of everything in regards to terrain types and scenery.
    I loved riding in San Diego. Great winter weather and lots of cool little hidden bike trails all over the place that are good for getting around without having to ride the streets in places.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeybikes View Post
    I'm biased, but Denver, definitely Denver. Even most of suburbia here is nice. If you're on the west side of the area, it's a quick ride to get to the mountains, in most cases.
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    It's not Atlanta?

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    I have no idea how GA got to be #26 on that list. Maybe we just look good in comparison to AL and SC...
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    Quote Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
    America's Most Bicycle-Friendly Cities | Bicycling Magazine

    I would object to Portland just because there are so many freaky people but all in all not a bad city to bicycle .

    FIFY. But we have the Unipiper: https://sites.google.com/site/unipiper/
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    Quote Originally Posted by windhchaser View Post
    which city is best i assume where i live is the worst most people hate bikers here
    While I can't wait to get out of California. I believe Irvine (in Orange County) is probably one of the best cities in the world for cycling. There are miles and miles of MUPS, bicycle friendly streets that cater to cyclists and commuters, its a vacation destination for many people so the scenary is beautiful (especially if you pedal down to the beach...look up photos of Back Bay, Newport Beach, a cycling mecca). Everytime my friends and I ride, we are grateful for such a beautiful place to ride.

    Another is Ft. Collins or Boulder, CO... hopefully where I may retire...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nachoman View Post
    That's odd.
    San Diego has too much traffic and is urban while OCeanside is more rural and has more bike friendly streets and trails... San Diego COUNTY however is a great place to ride...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pamestique View Post
    San Diego has too much traffic and is urban while OCeanside is more rural and has more bike friendly streets and trails... San Diego COUNTY however is a great place to ride...
    I lived and rode all over northern San Diego County before I moved to the Portland area. Sandy Eggo can't hold a candle to the Portland/Vancouver metro area for riding. This view is an easy ride from my house:

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