You may only be able to ride for a few months out of the year without trudging
through several inches of snow, but
a 2015 survey from real-estate company Redfin has listed Minneapolis, Minnesota as the nation’s most bike-friendly
big city. The survey factors cycling-friendly infrastructure as well as
things such as terrain, road connectivity, and cycling commuting culture.
Minneapolis is located in an area with few mountains, well-designed roads,
and has one of the highest concentrations of dedicated bike lanes of any
large city in the country. Redfin agent and avid cyclist James Garry stated
“In the past year, several of my clients have chosen to buy smaller
houses in South Minneapolis rather than larger, similarly priced ones
in the suburbs, simply so they could bike to work during the week and
around Lake Harriet on weekends.”
Rounding out the top five on the list were San Francisco, California; Portland,
Oregon; Denver, Colorado; and Boston, Massachusetts.
Despite frequently not being listed amongst the major metropolis cities
in the nation, college towns, which frequently build infrastructure to
support the large and bike-heavy student populations that live there,
also fared extremely well on Redfin’s bike scores list. Cambridge,
Massachusetts scored the nation’s top mark for a city of any size
with a whopping 92.8, which was actually better than Minneapolis’s
81.3. Davis, California; Berkeley, California; Boulder, Colorado; and
Santa Cruz, California also all featured as some of the best smaller-population
bike cities, all of which also support major universities.
What about Here in North Carolina?
Our cities in North Carolina did not fare particularly well in terms of
these bike scores. Our state’s most bike-friendly city
was awarded to Raleigh, which scored 40.6. Beyond that Greensboro took second place with 39.6, followed by Durham
at 39.2, and then Charlotte at 36.1.
What does this mean for North Carolina cyclists? This means that North
Carolina cities have little in the way of infrastructure dedicated to
cyclists and allowing them safe travels on their commutes. Whether you
are headed to work, shopping, or any other destination, it is important
to consider the road around you. Practice safety first and total awareness
of your surroundings at all times to help avoid a collision with a motorist.
And perhaps the most important, recognize the importance of respecting
each other and sharing the road to ensure everyone’s safety at all times.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a
cycling accident, obtain representation from a North Carolina personal injury lawyer as
soon as possible to help with pursuing your compensation. The skilled
team of Twiggs, Strickland, & Rabenau have protected the injured and
bereaved all around the Tar Heel State for decades, including over 60
years of combined legal experience. Trust your case to our attorneys who
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