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  • Carlos F. Pardo SUTP
    Oct 3, 2006
      Interesting.of course, they include mountain biking, which changes the
      picture completely. If the "thrill of the hunt" is to be included, I would
      include NYC.

      Best regards,

      Carlos F. Pardo


      De: Katie Salay [mailto:ksalay@...]
      Enviado el: Lunes, 02 de Octubre de 2006 10:51 a.m.
      Para: public.spaces@...
      Asunto: (Public.Spaces) 10 great U.S. cities for cycling


      10 Other Great Biking Cities

      Sunday, October 1, 2006; P04

      City biking can be more than bus fumes and potholes; in some metropolitan
      centers, urban cyclists can enjoy clean bay air, lighted paved routes and
      even shower stations to rinse off the bike sweat. We asked Adventure Cycling
      Association (800-755- 2453, http://www.adventurecycling.org), a nonprofit
      bike organization in Montana, and Bicycling magazine
      (http://www.bicycling.com) for their suggestions on the most bike-friendly
      cities in the country. Their picks:

      -Portland, Ore. The city of outdoors enthusiasts has 164 miles of bike
      lanes, 66 miles of bike paths, 30 miles of bike boulevards (low car volume)
      and ample parking for two-wheelers. For a standout ride, ACA recommends
      Forest Park, one of the nation's largest urban parks, while Bicycling
      magazine suggests the 18-mile route from the Willamette River downtown to
      the rural town of Boring. Info: City of Portland Office of Transportation,

      -Seattle. Not even the rain can stop bikers from cruising 28 miles of
      multi-use paths, 25 miles of on-street lanes and miles of signed bike
      routes. A favorite is the Burke-Gilman Trail, a rails-and-trails project
      that opened in 1978 and continues to expand. The city is also building the
      Chief Sealth Trail, which will cross southeast Seattle, and the Backcountry
      Bicycle Trails Club is constructing a mountain bike park under Interstate 5.
      Info: Seattle Department of Transportation,

      -San Francisco. What's better than riding the cable cars? Biking across the
      Golden Gate Bridge. Adds Jim Sayer, executive director of Adventure Cycling:
      "Most of the neighborhoods and attractions are close together and easy to
      get to by bike. Despite San Francisco's reputation for hills, you can use
      the city's expanding bike network with great signage to steer you to
      less-hilly routes from the bay to the sea." Info: San Francisco Bicycle
      Program, http://www.bicycle.sfgov.org/site/dptbike_index.asp.

      -Davis, Calif. This college town has more bikes than cars, 100-plus miles of
      bike lanes and paths, and a $7.5 million bike tunnel that travels beneath
      I-80. In addition, you can cycle from downtown to the University of
      California, Davis, campus and on to Sacramento -- without having to dodge
      auto traffic. Info: City of Davis,

      -Boulder, Colo. Sayer calls Boulder "the classic mountain bike town," and
      the city has the numbers to back up that claim: 150-plus miles of bike paths
      and 192 miles of bike lanes. In addition, the bike paths follow the storm
      drainage system, so you can ride virtually everywhere without crossing the
      street. To toughen up the legs, pedal up to the Flatiron Mountains, or for a
      "wild biking experience in the city," Sayer recommends the 18-mile Boulder
      Creek Path. Info: City of Boulder,
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      -Tucson. Year-round sunshine and 325 miles of bike lanes make for ideal
      cycling conditions. Work it on the Mount Lemmon Hill Climb, a 26-mile
      one-way ride with a constant 5 percent grade, or coast on a piece of public
      art, the Broadway Bicycle-Pedestrian Bridge, which is shaped like a
      diamondback rattlesnake. Info: City of Tucson,

      -Madison, Wis. Madison's bike plan dates back to 1975, but the city is still
      building trails (at last count: 35 miles of off-street bike paths, 35 miles
      of on-street bike lanes and a 120-mile network of signed bike routes). For
      example, you can bike from downtown to the lakeshore and around farmland,
      says Sayer, adding that "Madison has exceptional signage and an innovative
      share-the-road program." Info: City of Madison,

      -Chicago. Mayor Richard M. Daley (also a biker) hopes to make Chicago
      America's top cycling city by 2015; with 315 miles of bikeways and the
      McDonald's Cycle Center in Millennium Park (indoor parking, showers,
      repairs, rentals, etc.), he's on his way. Info: Chicago Department of
      Transportation's Bicycle Program, http://www.chicagobikes.org.

      -Austin. The city that produced Lance Armstrong has myriad bike programs in
      the works, including, of course, the Lance Armstrong Bikeway, a six-miler
      that will connect the eastern and western portions of the city. For now, you
      can bike any number of routes, such as the hilly Dam Loop, Shoal Creek Trail
      (with a creek crossing) and Mary Moore Park trail, where bikers can stop and
      have a picnic or throw some hoops. Info: Austin City Connection,

      -Philadelphia. Philly loves its brothers and its bikers: The $3.7 million
      Bicycle Network Plan will create a web of bike routes incorporating 300
      miles of city streets and major cultural and commercial sites. One of the
      most popular rides is the Schuylkill River Trail, which stretches 22 miles
      from the Philadelphia Museum of Art to the Valley Forge National Historical
      Park. For mountain biking, the Wissahickon Park has some of the most
      challenging terrain in the region. Info: Bicycle Network,

      -- Andrea Sachs

      C 2006 The Washington Post Company

      Katie Salay


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