Deciphering DC: America’s Best Places For Bikes

America's Best Places For Bikes
DC ranks #8 overall in the US for biking!

DC is a good place to bike?

Because today is Bike to Work Day, let’s talk bikes and DC.

PlacesforBikes has devised a ranking system that has Washington, DC clocking in at #8 overall out of 480 US cities, and #4 for large cities! Pretty impressive!

Check the full set of rankings here.

How did they come up with this list?

“PlacesForBikes is a data-driven approach to identifying the best U.S. cities and towns for bicycling to help city leaders pinpoint improvements, and make riding better for everyone. Using feedback from everyday bike riders, city staffers, open-source maps and publicly available data, it scores five key factors: Ridership, Safety, Network, Acceleration and Reach.”

What does it mean?

DC received an overall score of 3.2 (out of 5), which is pretty good but there is still room for improvement.

There are five factors that went into the rankings. See DC’s breakdown here.

Ridership = 3.3
Safety = 2.9
Network = 2.2
Reach = 2.5
Acceleration = 2.5

DC fell short on the Network category, but DDOT is always trying to improve and expand the city’s bike lane system. See some of the current projects.

Ridership is high at 3.3 (tied for #3 overall but behind #1 Portland’s 3.9 rating), so the level of enthusiasm for biking in DC is very high, even compared to other cities.

Get biking!

Author: Jeremy Bailey

Writer and editor living in Washington, D.C.

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