Why is a city’s bike-friendliness important?  The more bikable a city is, the more its residents are likely to use a bike.  The more people there are riding bikes, the healthier and happier they are because physical fitness is linked to feelings of well-being.  Increased well-being results in greater sociability and economic benefits for cities.  

Walk-Score determines how bikable a city is by factoring miles of bike lanes, hills, numbers of commuters, destinations, and road connectivity.  Its’ scoring ranks cities according to how convenient they are for cycling:

1Portland70.3
2San Francisco70.0
3Denver69.5
4Philadelphia68.4
5Boston67.8
6Washington, D.C.65.3
7Seattle64.1
8Tucson64.1
9New York City62.3
10Chicago61.5

Scoring Grades

90-100         Daily errands can be accomplished by bike

70-89            Cycling is convenient for most trips

50-69            Some bike infrastructure exists

0-49              Minimal bike infrastructure