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How Bikeable Is Your Town?

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How Bikeable Is Your Town?

Riding a bike instead of driving your car is healthier for you and for the planet, but depending on where you live, cycling could be….tricky…to say the least! How bikeable is your city?

Winter might seem like a less-than-ideal time to start riding, and in some places icy roads make it pretty tough to get on your bike. If the roads are clear, though, there’s no reason to skip the pedal power! Just bundle up. I’ve found that the most important gear for a winter ride are serious gloves and a scarf or face mask. When you’re pedaling, you’re basically creating wind, and that cold air can be brutal if you’re not covered. Bike Score has some more winter cycling tips that are definitely worth checking out!

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The folks behind Walk Score are working on a new tool – Bike Score – and they’ve just expanded their list of cities with bike scores to include 25 major cities across the U.S. and 11 in Canada. It takes time to tally votes and compile these scores, so keep an eye on the site for more bike scores to come in 2013!

Up Next: Check out some urban cycling tips to get you going!

Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by gregwhalin

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Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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6:27AM PST on Jan 15, 2013

my town, Bratislava not very bikeable ...but near is Austria so much people going there, much better there

11:58AM PST on Jan 4, 2013

LONDON- do not ask.I have been cycling here everywhere for the last 10 years and I tell you someone up there must really like me- because I am still alive:-)))).

12:26AM PST on Jan 3, 2013

There are lots of bike lanes where I live and hefty tickets for not obeying the rules of the road, no helmet laws for adults but kids and lord help the pedestrian walking in a bike lane! I bike as much as I can, but call it quits until the snow and ice melt.

6:05PM PST on Jan 1, 2013

in my area they keep putting in bike trails that go nowhere instead of to useful places where bike riding could substitute driving. so now people drive to these bike trails with their bikes to ride for recreation while roads that lead to stores, businesses, or downtowns are too narrow and congested for bikes.

12:20PM PST on Jan 1, 2013

I live in a country town and we have a wonderful sealed bike track which starts at our town of Goolwa (in South Australia) and goes through two more towns. This track is completely separate to the roads and you have views of the beach the whole ride!!!!!

7:46AM PST on Jan 1, 2013

stay safe and obey all traffic rules . wear a helmet.

8:48PM PST on Dec 31, 2012

Thank you.

8:51AM PST on Dec 31, 2012

London. Don't ask.

7:11AM PST on Dec 31, 2012

not enough

1:19AM PST on Dec 31, 2012

I wish the area I lived in was bike/pedestrian friendly...

I'm scared I would get hit by a car here... I live in a fairly rural part of Alabama and the roads that lead to the city are curvy, fairly narrow, you wouldn't be obviously visible to a driver, and most people speed through the curves.

When I lived in Birmingham, I walked everywhere. I loved it!

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