There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing where to move. If you’re a serious bike enthusiast, this is one of them. Presented here are the best cities for biking in the United States. If you’re thinking of moving, we’d suggest a U-Haul. However, once you get there, you’ll find these cities best suited to your lifestyle.
Bicycling.com knows a few things about bicycling. In fact, they probably know all of the things there is to know about biking. So, when they put together a list of the best cities for biking in the US, we should all listen.
Bicycling.com examined a number of large cities and graded them on a point system of 1-100. Factors included safety, accessibility, and biking culture such as the prevalence of shops, trails, and other desirable attributes.
Here are the results.
- Seattle, Washington (89 points)
- San Francisco, California (88 points)
- Fort Collins, Colorado (88 points)
- Minneapolis, Minnesota (85 points)
- Portland, Oregon (85 points)
- Chicago, Illinois (82 points)
- Eugene, Oregon (82 points)
- Madison, Wisconsin (81 points)
- New York City, New York (79 points)
- Cambridge, Massachusetts (79 points)
Washington, D.C, Boulder, Colorado, and Austin, Texas also wound up on the list, respectfully.
As the study points out, there are no perfect locations for cyclists. However, the 10 cities above stand out above the rest and are leading the way.
With cycling, as with many other things, your location matters. Some of the cities above include America’s largest, busiest, and yes, most expensive cities. It’s hard to find a great biking culture in a major city sometimes. Almost as hard as it is to find affordable housing.
That’s where City vs City can help. We can’t find a great biking city, but we can show you the cost of living you can expect if you move there. For example, let’s examine two of the best cities for biking on this list. Chicago and Seattle.
With City vs City, simple input your data, select your zip codes, and start comparing. Chicago and Seattle are both known as great cities. However, they’re also known to be expensive places to live.
From our comparison, Chicago requires 26% less in pre-tax income in order to maintain the same standard of living as Seattle.
City vs City examines several cost of living factors, including state and local taxes, housing costs, transportation costs, and more. All comparisons are done at the zip-code level to give you an accurate portrayal of what you can expect.
If you’re thinking of moving, whether to find the best bike trail or for any other reason, don’t make a move without having City vs City in your pocket.