Biking is getting more and more settled in the day-to-day life of people all around the world. But in order for people to be able to ride their bikes all around the town, some serious preparation is necessary. And so, a Redfin company named Walk Score published an extensive ranking of 154 American cities entitled “2015 Bike Score ranking”.
There are more and more cities embracing the relatively new-found passion that people exhibit for biking. It started out as good old-fashioned exercise and it has gotten to the point where it truly represents a faster, healthier and not to mention greener alternative to cars and buses.
Most cities now have bike lanes in traffic and specialized parking spaces all around universities and big-time companies. It is very important that the places that facilitate biking be connected to each other, so as to avoid accidents.
Actually, the entire traffic circuit of a city needs to be altered so as to include bicycle lanes that are safe and accessible. Furthermore, they need to include places where the pedestrians can safely cross them, like bus stations or near traffic lights.
A bike lane can be a pretty dangerous place for a misplaced pedestrian. Imagine 30-40 bicycles coming right at you full speed. Obviously, extensive injuries would follow this unfortunate episode. Moreover, the people on the bikes would all try to stop at the same time and run into each other, causing quite the serious accident.
This is why it is very important to have a well thought plan and to put great emphasis on signaling the cycling lanes. Another crucial measure that is necessary for avoiding accidents is to provide classes for bicyclists, so that they know the basic rules of traffic and respectively how to keep themselves and the people around them safe.
It was with all of these important details in mind that the 2015 Bike Score ranking was conceived. The bike lane leader of 2015 was Minneapolis with an impressive ranking of 81.3 points, followed by San Francisco, Portland, Denver, Boston and Chicago.
Despite the fact that they were included on the list, there are some smaller college towns that deserve special praises for making the effort of transforming their streets into bike friendly lanes. For starters, Cambridge is pretty much bicycle heaven with a bike score of 92.8. At this point, cars are a little bit redundant there.
Then comes Davis with 89.3, Berkeley with 88.,8 and ultimately new addition Santa Cruz with 83.8. College towns benefit greatly from the extensive use of bikes, because it greatly helps students to get around cheaper and faster and even to get their fitness done on the way to class.
The 2015 Bike Score ranking came at the right time since May was designated National Bike Month. And now, with the biggest cities in the US fighting for the title of the most “bikeale” city, there can only be good news for bicycle enthusiasts from here on.
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