Whether you are a road biker or a mountain biker, where you live is important. You want a place that is safe and convenient for you to ride with lots of road and easy access to the trails. Here are some of the best spots for cyclists to live.
Bike the best in Portland. Consistently ranked among the top U.S. cities for cycling, Portland, Oregon, has a large network totaling over 200 miles of bicycle lanes, trails and signed routes. Cycling is one of the top priorities of the people and government of Portland and several coalitions and groups exist to help maintain the safety, efficiency and growth of the cycling community.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Experience a cycling city. Vancouver, British Columbia, has made cycling one of its transportation priorities. With over 100 km (approx. 60 miles) of greenway trails and more being added annually, this Canadian city reports cycling as one of its fastest-growing areas of transportation. If road biking is not your thing, nearby Whistler Mountain is the summer home of world-class downhill mountain biking.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Ride through the town and into the mountains in Colorado Springs. Located at the foot of the famous Pike’s Peak mountain, Colorado Springs, Colorado, is home to first-class mountain biking trails that take you on both challenging and breathtaking terrain. If paved roads are more your style, Colorado Springs has over 100 miles of urban trails that lead you through the heart of the city and then some.
Enjoy the beat from a bicycle in the “live music capital of the world.” Austin, Texas, is famous for its live music events but with miles of trails in and out of the city and 300 days of sunny weather, biking is making a name for itself. Try the Barton Creek Greenbelt, a 7.8 mile loop of natural-surface (read dirt) riding in the center of Austin.
St. George, Utah
Take advantage of year-round access to the trails in sunny St. George. With hundreds of miles of trails both on and off road, St. George, Utah, is idyllic for every type of rider. Bike to work on the city-wide network of paved trail or hit the dirt and some of southern Utah’s famous slickrock in the vast desert preserve.