Well, I guess the stereotypes of Portland are true. (At least as they relate to the city’s famous bike culture).
According to a new ranking from Seattle startup Walk Score — which unveiled its Bike Score online ranking service last year — Portland is the No. 1 city in America for biking. It just edged out San Francisco and Denver, while Seattle came in 7th. (Interestingly, Minneapolis, which previously ranked No. 1, is no longer in the top 10 because this time Walk Score only ranked cities with populations of 500,000 or more).
Walk Score is releasing the results in celebration of Bike to Work week and National Bike Month. (In Seattle, Bike to Work Day is taking place this Friday, sponsored by tech giant F5 Networks). It is also announcing that the Bike Score rankings now cover more than 100 cities in North America.
Walk Score — originally started by entrepreneur Mike Mathieu — raised $2 million from a group of Seattle angels that included former Amazon.com CTO Shel Kaphan, former Facebook general counsel Rudy Gadre, entrepreneur Edward Yim and others last year.
In addition to ranking cities for bike friendliness, the folks over at Walk Score also analyzed the top 20 companies in the GeekWire 200 list to determine the most bike-friendly private tech companies in the Seattle region. Here’s what they found:
Others that ranked in the top 10 included: WhitePages, Trupanion, Contour, DocuSign and Cheezburger.