Thursday, September 22, 2016

Best Biking City In the U.S.: Chicago

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Chicago bags the top spot for the most bike-friendly city in United States, according to Bicycling magazine. In 2014 ranking Chicago was in the 2nd spot while New York is on top, New York slid to number 4.

According to Bicycling Magazine editor-in-chief Bill Strickland Chicago was awarded the top spot because it has emphasized building infrastructure that separates cyclists from motorists. "Awareness of infrastructure, through separated bike lanes, is the next thing that needs to happen to really change cycling and what it means to live in an urban area," he said. He also lauded Chicago for increasing their Divvy bike share program into poor areas of the city.

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San Francisco took the 2nd spot followed by Portland, OR. Here’s the Bicycling magazine’s top ten ranking for 2016:
  1.     Chicago
  2.     San Francisco
  3.     Portland, OR
  4.     New York
  5.     Seattle
  6.     Minneapolis
  7.     Austin
  8.     Cambridge, MA
  9.     Washington, D.C.
  10.     Boulder, CO
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However, some of cyclist in Chicago feels that the city don't deserve it since their bike lanes "are often clogged with illegally parked vehicles, torn up for utility work, or dangerously obstructed by construction projects." There's also a cycling accident that killed four cyclist.    

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