BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) – Provincetown, Massachusetts, topped PeopleForBikes’ 2022 city rankings for America’s Best Cities for Biking. The year-long study was conducted in conjunction with Trek Bicycle.
The ranking includes 1,058 cities, highlighting communities that are “embracing cycling as a tool for mobility, economic growth and recreation,” according to PeopleForBikes, which has conducted the research annually for the past six years.
Cities are scored and ranked using a combination of cycling network analysis and the PeopleForBikes community survey, resulting in an overall score of 1-100. Provincetown received a score of 81.
Davis, Calif. (72); and Fayette, Missouri (71), round out the top three cities.
According to PeopleForBikes, the results are the culmination of research and data collection – including factors such as city speed limits, existing infrastructure and overall safety, as well as community feedback on what people think of cycling in their city.
Notable stats from this year’s research include Seattle’s five-point score jump from 54 to 59, as well as steady but smaller increases from most major cities, including Brooklyn, New York; San Francisco; Philadelphia Cream; Portland, Oregon; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Detroit. The city with the highest community survey score (70) was Bentonville, Arkansas.
Rounding out the last three, Oak Park, Illinois; Mount Vernon, New York; and Pelham Manor, New York, each with a score of 2. Of the 1,058 US communities included in the survey, 95% scored below 50 points, a sign that the majority of US cities still have room for improvement in terms of cycling infrastructure and safety, according to PeopleForBikes.
“The Cycling Network Analysis (BNA) tool provides the basis for each city’s score, demonstrating how easy it is for residents to access key services such as groceries, jobs, healthcare healthcare and more,” said Rebecca Davies, City Ratings program director. “The BNA not only highlights whether cyclists can get to these places, it shows how safe it is to do so by classifying streets as high or low stress based on factors such as the quality of cycling infrastructure and speed limits on the streets.When combined with our Community Survey, we are not only able to see what the maps of these cities tell us, but also what the people who actually ride in these cities think of cycling where they live, work and play.”
Along with the ratings, PeopleForBikes’ Best Places to Bike for 2022 and 10 U.S. Cities that all offer hands-on lessons on improving local biking are also included. According to PeopleForBikes, focusing on youth engagement, connecting bike networks and building trails for all skill levels are just some of the ways a city can become a better place to ride a bike.
Trek Bicycle is a longtime coalition member and partner of PeopleForBikes and the City Ratings program and has once again endorsed the project for 2022 with a donation based on a portion of sales of its Bontrager helmet line.
In addition to the ranked US cities, PeopleForBikes analyzed 47 cities in Canada. European and Australian results will be released later this year.