Portland ranked as the most bike-friendly city in America

Well, I guess the stereotypes of Portland are true. (At least as they relate to the city’s famous bike culture).

bikescore-rankAccording 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.

Biking in Portland. Photo via Oregon DOT
Biking in Portland. Photo via Oregon DOT

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.

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  • guest

    True story, last Saturday, within :05 minutes of each other, I watched 2 different bicyclists crash on Portland streets when their tires hit the streetcar tracks just the wrong way (there’s a stretch on Lovejoy that doesn’t have a bike lane and people use all the time).

    So, yes, PDX is great for bikes. But, it’s not perfect.

  • http://twitter.com/pres1 Presley Martin

    Cutoff at 500,000 seems arbitrary and unnecessarily biased. The land area of Tucson would include most of the metro area of Minneapolis/St. Paul that has a population of 3 million. Tucson is about 2,200 people per sq mile while Minneapolis is 7,000.

  • http://www.facebook.com/wmehigan Will Mehigan

    503 baby!

    Seattle is good too, especially considering the obstacles to overcome (hills, water, more people).

  • boo

    Funny. Everyone likes to measure “Bike Friendly” based on attributes like terrain, traffic routing, # of bike lanes, etc. When it comes to commuting for work (which is a key source of these studies), no one measures FACILITIES and the employer.

    Even some of the hip mover shaker start ups lack basic facilities for showering, hanging/drying clothes (newflash: it freakin’ rains around here), etc. If I consider facilities in the equation for “bike friendliness” when it comes to commuting I’d say most cities are a D at best.

    PS: I write this as I stare at the stinky poly pro shirt and riding short with skid marks hanging in full view with a pin stuck to my cube wall.

    • http://www.facebook.com/scottmoore.seattle Scott Moore

      When I worked at Microsoft they used to have bathrooms in most buildings with showers and lockers, and free towels. When they decided to cut the towel service to save money I just started wearing my stinky clothes all day. I laughed. Others didn’t. People complained about me, but never the towel service.

  • Thiago

    San Fransico? The city with the enormous hills that appear in every racing game ever? That’s news. They must have some really amazing bike tires out there. Thiago | http://oneillstyres.com.au/store-locator.html#!10:Wallsend

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