Congratulations, New York City! Bicyclist Magazine recently named NYC as the best city for biking in the country. Although many local cyclists may be fast to point out their never-ending battles with potholes, congested bike lanes and car drivers, it would be hard to deny that the city has come a long way in a short time in terms of encouraging its ever-growing bike-riding population.


According to Bill Strickland, the editor-in-chief of Bicycling Magazine, New York nabbed the best biking city award thanks to its recent increase in bike lanes as well as the city’s widely popular bike sharing program, Citi Bike. “Bikes are an indicator of the vibrancy of an urban area,” Mr. Strickland said. “We wanted to reward the entire vibrancy.”

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Cities in the running for their bike-friendliness were ranked by a number of factors including bike lane mileage and civic spending. With the recent increase in NYC bike lanes and the massive surge of Citi Bike members, New York was an easy front-runner this year, beating out second place winner Chicago. The magazine’s rankings of best U.S. biking cities will be published in its upcoming October issue.

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Via New York Times

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