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10 bike-friendly cities around the globe

By: Josh Lew on March 21, 2013, 2:46 p.m.
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Portland, Ore.

Portland's bicycle scene has gotten plenty of positive press. The city has earned the top ranking in several “best cities for cycling” lists. Nearly 6 percent of all locals commute using a bicycle, though a pedal tour through the city may lead visitors to believe that the percentage is actually much higher.

With proper rain gear, it is possible to bike year-round in Portland. The city's bike friendliness is mainly due to a cutting-edge infrastructure that includes bike lanes and “bicycle boulevards” (side streets with low speed limits that have been optimized for bicycle traffic). Dedicated bike paths like the Springwater Corridor mean that visiting cyclers can ride for miles without ever seeing a car. Portland's bike culture is thriving and easily accessible, so if you are a social cycler — someone who likes to meet and ride with other enthusiasts — this is the city for you.