Minneapolis Globally Recognized as Biking Hotspot
Digested from “Best Burbs for Bikes”
Yardi (7/21/15) Theiss, Eliza
Minneapolis has been ranked one of the top 20 most bike-friendly cities in the world, alongside other hotspots such as Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Berlin.
The Copenhagenize Design Co. released its biennial index of the world’s top bicycle-friendly cities with populations of more than 600,000 people based on factors such as advocacy, bicycle culture, politics and safety. Minneapolis became the first U.S. city to break the top 20 since San Francisco and New York City were noted in the inaugural list in 2011. At No. 18, the city earned high marks for its on-street bikeways and bike-sharing programs. It also boasts the second-highest number of bicycle commuters in the United States.
The index notes, though, that San Francisco, New York City, Portland, Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., are on the rise, while other global locations, such as Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and most of Canada, are notably lacking in bicycle urbanism. Cities that fell off the index this year are Munich, Budapest, Nagoya, Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro.