Portland cycling rates high in comprehensive new ratings of 480 U.S. cities

The top cities overall.

The world of bike wonks is abuzz this morning as national nonprofit advocacy group People for Bikes has released their much-anticipated city ratings. And Portland fared quite well with a score of 3.3 out of 5 that puts us first among big cities and fourth overall. A total of 480 cities were part of the analysis.

More awards for Portland’s bike-ability.
(Photo: Roger Geller)

Among big cities, the ratings put Tucson, Arizona; Madison, Wisconsin; Washington D.C.; and San Diego, California in the top five along with Portland.

In addition to our good showing in the ratings, Portland was given a special award for having the highest “ridership score” of any city — a 3.9. According to People for Bikes, Portland earned a perfect score of 100 in this ridership metric, in large part because it takes distance into account. “Contrary to some local narratives,” they shared on Twitter this morning. “Portland is truly extraordinary in the amount of bike commuting that happens far from its core.”

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Minneapolis is a very nice city for biking but it is definitely no Portland

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A woman lounges on the bike-frame bike rack outside Modern Times, Minneapolis’s answer to the New Deal Cafe. “Can I take a photo?” I asked. “Hell yeah,” she said.
(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

Now, don’t get me wrong: Minneapolis is a great place to ride a bicycle.

It has lots of things that Portland can and should learn from. And yes, those things they do in the November snow and the August sweat are seriously impressive. But is Minneapolis a better biking city than Portland?

Don’t be silly. It is not.

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Portland reclaims #1 spot in Bicycling Mag rankings

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Back on top where we belong.

Bicycling Magazine has just released their 2012 Bike-Friendly Cities rankings and Portland sits atop the heap once again.

Portland was ranked #2 in 2010, which was the last time the rankings came out. Prior to that Portland had earned the top spot every year since 1995. Our defeat to Minneapolis at the hands of Bicycling Magazine’s editors stung a bit; but it was clear that the decision was made more because of how our lead had begun to shrink, not that we were actually #2 (and I’m sure the attention and PR generated by making us #2 figured into the decision as well).

Minneapolis drops to the second spot this time around, with Boulder, Washington D.C., and Chicago rounding out the top five. Here’s the full top ten list (with 2010 rankings in parentheses):

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Oregon slips to 5th in bike-friendly state rankings

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… After they’re done dreaming about
WA, WI, ME and MN.

The League of American Bicyclists has released rankings for their Bicycle Friendly States program. Oregon earned the fifth spot this year, slipping from the fourth spot we’ve held the previous two years. For the third year in a row, Washington retained the top spot with Wisconsin coming in second.

Moving up to take fourth place away from Oregon this year was Minnesota — home to Minneapolis, the city that unseated Portland from the top spot in a recent list of bike friendly cities by Bicycling Magazine.

Here are the top five:

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Bicycling Mag: Portland no longer America’s top bike city

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“There’s a lot going on in Portland, but there are other cities having more astonishing success at this point.”
— Loren Mooney, Editor-in-Chief Bicycling Magazine

Bicycling Magazine’s annual list of America’s top bicycle cities puts Portland in unfamiliar territory: second place. Since 1995, Portland has consistently been ranked as the #1 biking city, earning the title every year the rankings have been held since 1995 (1999, 2001, 2006 and 2008).

But this year, that honor goes to Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Here’s how the top 10 rankings ended up (great to see Eugene in the 5th spot!):

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Press Release: Bicycling Magazine Names the Best Cities for Cycling

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This just in…

Bicycling Magazine Names the Best Cities for Cycling

Boston moves off “The Worst” list and on to “5 For the Future”; Portland is “Still the Greatest” and New York and DC are “Most Improved”

–Top International Cities for Cycling Also Named–

In its June issue, Bicycling magazine names the best American cities for cycling. Portland Oregon, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco and Boulder snagged the top spots as America’s overall best but especially notable on this year’s list is Boston ranking in the “5 for the Future” category; Boston has been a recurring fixture on Bicycling’s “Worst Cities for Cycling” list for the past three years.

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