Each year, Bicycle Magazine identifies 50 cities across the United States that are deemed as the most bicycle-friendly environments for people to live. The magazine looks at a variety of factors ranging from segregated bike lanes, municipal bike racks and bike boulevards as some examples and evaluates cities for their bicycle investments, improvements and inclusion throughout the community. Beyond the physical improvements and investment, the magazine also looks to see if the city evokes “a vibrant and diverse bike culture. It must have smart, savvy bike shops”. *All the cities considered were also of populations exceeding 100,000 people*
NYBC is proud to announce that Rochester has made into the nation’s top 50 bike-friendly cities along with New York City as cities in New York that made the cut. Rochester has been influential in gaining public support, strength in advocacy and investment and improvements to bike access and infrastructure that has made Rochester a desirable and safe place to ride a bicycle. NYBC commends Rochester and New York City for their ambitious efforts to improve the cycling culture in their respective communities. As a state, New York can do much better. Lets strive to get more NY-cities onto that list in 2013!