10 Bike-Friendly Cities To Visit This Summer in the U.S.

The best thing to do in the summer is to get outside and enjoy the wonderful weather. What better way to do this than to explore cities on a bicycle? This way, you not only get to take in the wonderful scenery and enjoy this sunshine, but you also get some exercise. Here are twelve bike-friendly cities in the United States to visit this summer. 

1. Portland, Oregon

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Festivals such as Pedalpalooza and the World Naked Bike Ride fill the city’s calendar, and summer events such as Sunday Parkways Rides and Bridge Pedal. Not only does the city sport a busy biking schedule, but Portland has also invested in several pedestrian and bicycle safety measures to ensure that biking culture and bicyclists are kept alive. It certainly helps that Portland’s air is some of the cleanest in the country, as the city has managed to keep pollutants below unsafe levels daily.

2. San Francisco, California

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Confined to the San Francisco Peninsula, this city is dense but compact, making short trips to work or recreational activities commonplace and perfect for traveling by bicycle. In an effort to maintain a safe transit system for cyclists, the city has invested in several initiatives and plans and has seen significant decreases in traffic deaths and increased bike travel.

3. Reno-Tahoe, Nevada

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With bike-safe paths, bike lanes, and access to miles of mountain biking trails, cyclists can get anywhere in Reno-Tahoe on two wheels. Whether bike enthusiasts prefer a city cycling session or a mountain trek through the desert, every type of rider can find a route that works for them.

4. Moab, Utah

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Moab is home to the greatest paved, unpaved, and mountain biking trails on the planet, as it offers many trails for bikers of any experience level. This city has everything from beginners looking for a scenic ride through beautiful canyons and mesa tops to seasoned bikers looking for the ultimate challenge on desert terrain. Moab is also well known for its world-famous challenging Slickrock Bike Trail, which many consider the ultimate mountain biking experience.

5. Boulder, Colorado

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No list of great U.S. biking destinations would be complete without at least mentioning Boulder. The city is a destination for road and mountain bikers alike, luring top pro and amateur riders with its laidback atmosphere, beautiful scenery, and access to thousands of documented rides.

6. Asheville, North Carolina

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With respectful drivers, plenty of bike lanes, and easy navigation, Asheville is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the United States. Bikers will love the combination of great mountain biking in the nearby Pisgah National Forest and the outstanding road riding along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

7. Manhattan, New York

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Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for traffic at all times when on the city streets, but there is something truly special about biking in Manhattan. The Manhattan Waterfront Greenway will give you an entirely new perspective on New York City. This thirty-one-mile long loop trail takes riders along the East Side, through The Battery, into East Harlem, 83rd Street, and Midtown.

8. Seattle, Washington

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Seattle has gone to great lengths to build some of the best and most well-protected bike lanes in the U.S. This has made it one of the most bike-friendly destinations in the country. A series of interconnected greenways and neighborhood routes provides nearly sixty miles of safe, secluded, and easily accessible routes to ride.

9. Tucson, Arizona

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With more than seven hundred miles of bike trails integrated throughout the city and excellent weather all year round, Tucson is a dream come true for many bikers. Its fifty-five-mile Loop trail puts the entire city within reach by bike, passing through parks and urban settings and connecting with other bike and bus routes.

10. Austin, Texas

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Austin, Texas is well known for its legendary group rides, which are plentiful and easy to find daily. If you’re looking for long road rides or want to get off the pavement and onto some dirt, Austin has you covered there too.

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