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Most bike-friendly cities in America

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    Most bike-friendly cities in America

    There's something truly invigorating about the freedom of riding a bike. With the thrill of the wind in your hair, biking opens a city while offering a cheaper alternative to public transport and considerable health benefits.

    To help guide the most avid of biking enthusiasts, Stacker looked to Redfin's Bike Score rankings to identify the 50 most bike-friendly cities in America. Their Bike Score methodology considers factors like the hilliness, quality of bike lanes, nearby destinations and connectivity, and bike mode share—representing the percentage of bikers within a city.

    Read on to find out how compatible your city is with two wheels and a flashy helmet, along with the best neighborhoods for biking in each city.

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    #50. Newark, NJ

    Bike Score: 51.1

    Population: 277,140

    Best neighborhoods for biking: University Heights (Score: 57), Newark Central Business District (Score: 53), Springfield - Belmont (Score: 53), Lower Clinton Hill (Score: 53), Lower Roseville (Score: 53)

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    #49. Glendale, AZ

    Bike Score: 51.4

    Population: 226,721

    Best neighborhoods for biking: West Glen (Score: 69), Ocotillo Rose (Score: 68), Downtown (Score: 65), Sands Estates (Score: 65), Thunderbird Palms-Hickory Shadows (Score: 63)

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    #48. Henderson, NV

    Bike Score: 51.6

    Population: 257,729

    Best neighborhoods for biking: Townsite (Score: 67), Southfork (Score: 67), Green Valley Ranch (Score: 64), Whitney Ranch (Score: 61), Pittman (Score: 60)

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    #47. Austin, TX

    Bike Score: 51.7

    Population: 790,390

    Best neighborhoods for biking: North University (Score: 97), Hyde Park (Score: 97), Hancock (Score: 95), University of Texas-Austin (Score: 94), Downtown (Score: 93)

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    #46. Anaheim, CA

    Bike Score: 51.9

    Population: 336,265

    Best neighborhoods for biking: The Colony (Score: 61), The Anaheim Resort (Score: 60), North Euclid (Score: 58), East Anaheim (Score: 58), West Anaheim (Score: 54)

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    #45. Las Vegas, NV

    Bike Score: 52.0

    Population: 583,756

    Best neighborhoods for biking: Arts District (Score: 77), Beverly Green (Score: 71), John S. Park (Score: 68), Francisco Park (Score: 68), Downtown (Score: 68)

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    #44. Orlando, FL

    Bike Score: 53.0

    Population: 238,300

    Best neighborhoods for biking: Callahan (Score: 85), East Central Park (Score: 85), Colonialtown South (Score: 83), Thornton Park (Score: 80), North Orange (Score: 80)

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    #43. Paradise, NV

    Bike Score: 53.1

    Population: 223,167

    Best neighborhoods for biking: The Strip (Score: 52), Paradise Palms (Score: 48), Silverado Ranch (Score: 45),

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    #42. Tampa, FL

    Bike Score: 53.2

    Population: 335,709

    Best neighborhoods for biking: Hyde Park (Score: 86), Hyde Park North (Score: 81), Historic Ybor (Score: 81), Historic Hyde Park North (Score: 81), V. M. Ybor (Score: 80)

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    #41. Stockton, CA

    Bike Score: 53.9

    Population: 291,707

    Best neighborhoods for biking: Civic Center (Score: 74), Pacific (Score: 63), Stonewood (Score: 60), Brookside (Score: 56), Lakeview (Score: 54)

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    #40. Phoenix, AZ

    Bike Score: 54.3

    Population: 1,445,632

    Best neighborhoods for biking: Booker T. Washington (Score: 92), Eastlake Park (Score: 92), Willo (Score: 86), Garfield (Score: 84), Montezuma Heights (Score: 84)

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    #39. Buffalo, NY

    Bike Score: 54.5

    Population: 261,310

    Best neighborhoods for biking: Waterfront (Score: 79), Buffalo State (Score: 71), Lakeview (Score: 70), Columbus (Score: 68), Albright (Score: 67)

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    #38. Detroit, MI

    Bike Score: 55.0

    Population: 713,777

    Best neighborhoods for biking: University (Score: 76), Jeffries (Score: 75), Vernor (Score: 71), Central (Score: 68), Joseph Barry Historic District (Score: 65)

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    #37. Fresno, CA

    Bike Score: 55.9

    Population: 494,665

    Best neighborhoods for biking: The Cultural Arts District (Score: 86), Lowell (Score: 86), Tower District (Score: 75), Sun Garden Acres (Score: 70), Little Italy (Score: 64)

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    #36. Los Angeles, CA

    Bike Score: 56.0

    Population: 3,792,621

    Best neighborhoods for biking: Venice (Score: 83), Congress North (Score: 76), Central Hollywood (Score: 74), Palms (Score: 74), South Central LA (Score: 74)

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    #35. St. Petersburg, FL

    Bike Score: 56.1

    Population: 244,769

    Best neighborhoods for biking: Downtown (Score: 91), Historic Old Northeast (Score: 81), Uptown (Score: 80), Old Northeast (Score: 78), North East Park (Score: 76)

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    #34. Baltimore, MD

    Bike Score: 56.1

    Population: 620,961

    Best neighborhoods for biking: Charles North (Score: 86), Charles Village (Score: 86), Barclay (Score: 86), Otterbein (Score: 85), Johns-Hopkins - Homewood (Score: 85)

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    #33. St. Louis, MO

    Bike Score: 56.9

    Population: 319,294

    Best neighborhoods for biking: Skinker DeBaliviere (Score: 80), Shaw (Score: 77), DeBaliviere Place (Score: 75), Wydown Skinker (Score: 71), McKinley Heights (Score: 70)

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    #32. San Jose, CA

    Bike Score: 56.9

    Population: 945,942

    Best neighborhoods for biking: Washington-Guadalupe (Score: 95), Auzerais-Josefa (Score: 94), Tamien (Score: 93), East Virginia (Score: 92), Broadway-Palmhaven (Score: 92)

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    #31. Plano, TX

    Bike Score: 57.0

    Population: 259,841

    Best neighborhoods for biking: Downtown (Score: 77), Old Towne (Score: 72), The Trails (Score: 70), Clearview (Score: 66), Thunderbird (Score: 66)

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    #30. Santa Ana, CA

    Bike Score: 57.1

    Population: 324,528

    Best neighborhoods for biking: Sunwood Central (Score: 73), Madison Park (Score: 71), Sandpointe (Score: 68), Delhi (Score: 67), Eastside (Score: 66)

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    #29. Gilbert, AZ

    Bike Score: 57.5

    Population: 208,453

    Best neighborhoods for biking: Dave Brown Lamoreaux Farms (Score: 72), Heritage District (Score: 70), North Shore (Score: 67), Kaufman and Broad at Cooper Ranch (Score: 67), Gilbert Ranch (Score: 66)

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    #28. Mesa, AZ

    Bike Score: 58.5

    Population: 439,041

    Best neighborhoods for biking: C.A.N.D.O. (Score: 84), Casa Mesa (Score: 79), Downtown (Score: 78), Mesa Vista (Score: 76), Roosevelt (Score: 73)

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    #27. Rochester, NY

    Bike Score: 58.9

    Population: 210,565

    Best neighborhoods for biking: South Wedge (Score: 85), Corn Hill (Score: 84), Central Business District (Score: 79), Plymouth-Exchange (Score: 76), Strong (Score: 73)

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    #26. Albuquerque, NM

    Bike Score: 59.6

    Population: 545,852

    Best neighborhoods for biking: University Heights (Score: 96), Silver Hill (Score: 95), Huning Castle (Score: 92), Nob Hill (Score: 91), Huning Highland Historic District (Score: 89)

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    #25. Miami, FL

    Bike Score: 59.7

    Population: 399,457

    Best neighborhoods for biking: Downtown (Score: 75), Little Havana (Score: 70), Overtown (Score: 68), Northeast Coconut Grove (Score: 67), Wynwood-Edgewater (Score: 61)

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    #24. New Orleans, LA

    Bike Score: 60.1

    Population: 343,829

    Best neighborhoods for biking: Black Pearl (Score: 94), Bywater (Score: 92), Treme - Lafitte (Score: 91), French Quarter (Score: 90), Iberville (Score: 89)

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    #23. Aurora, CO

    Bike Score: 60.8

    Population: 325,078

    Best neighborhoods for biking: Jewell Heights-Hoffman Heights (Score: 79), Northwest Aurora (Score: 75), Del Mar Parkway (Score: 72), Kingsborough (Score: 71), Horseshoe Park (Score: 71)

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    #22. Oakland, CA

    Bike Score: 60.9

    Population: 390,724

    Best neighborhoods for biking: Bushrod (Score: 98), Fairview Park (Score: 97), Mosswood (Score: 96), Santa Fe (Score: 96), Koreatown-Northgate (Score: 95)

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    #21. Fremont, CA

    Bike Score: 61.1

    Population: 214,089

    Best neighborhoods for biking: Centerville (Score: 73), Irvington (Score: 72), Sundale (Score: 71), Central-Downtown (Score: 70), Glenmoor (Score: 69)

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    #20. St. Paul, MN

    Bike Score: 62.1

    Population: 285,068

    Best neighborhoods for biking: South Frogtown (Score: 81), Snelling Hamline (Score: 79), Lexington - Hamline North (Score: 79), Lexington - Hamline South (Score: 79), Merriam Park East (Score: 78)

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    #19. Lincoln, NE

    Bike Score: 62.3

    Population: 258,379

    Best neighborhoods for biking: Downtown (Score: 99), Everett (Score: 99), Hawley (Score: 92), Near South (Score: 91), South Salt Creek (Score: 88)

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    #18. Boise City, ID

    Bike Score: 62.9

    Population: 205,671

    Best neighborhoods for biking: Downtown (Score: 98), Veterans Park (Score: 93), South Boise Village (Score: 92), Central Rim (Score: 92), Lake Harbor (Score: 88)

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    #17. Seattle, WA

    Bike Score: 63.0

    Population: 608,660

    Best neighborhoods for biking: University District (Score: 85), Green Lake (Score: 84), Wallingford (Score: 81), Atlantic (Score: 81), Central District (Score: 80)

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    #16. New York, NY

    Bike Score: 65.1

    Population: 8,175,133

    Best neighborhoods for biking: Lower East Side (Score: 91), Boerum Hill (Score: 90), East Village (Score: 90), Cobble Hill (Score: 90), Carroll Gardens (Score: 90)

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    #15. Jersey City, NJ

    Bike Score: 66.3

    Population: 247,597

    Best neighborhoods for biking: Historic Downtown (Score: 79), McGinley Square (Score: 71), Greenville (Score: 71), The Heights (Score: 66), Hackensack River Waterfront (Score: 65)

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    #14. Long Beach, CA

    Bike Score: 66.4

    Population: 462,257

    Best neighborhoods for biking: Bixby Park (Score: 88), Downtown (Score: 87), Bluff Park (Score: 87), Franklin School (Score: 85), Belmont Park (Score: 80)

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    #13. Philadelphia, PA

    Bike Score: 67.5

    Population: 1,526,006

    Best neighborhoods for biking: Fitler Square (Score: 99), Spruce Hill (Score: 99), Cedar Park (Score: 99), Walnut Hill (Score: 99), Southwest Cedar Park (Score: 98)

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    #12. Tucson, AZ

    Bike Score: 67.9

    Population: 520,116

    Best neighborhoods for biking: Iron Horse (Score: 100), West University (Score: 100), Pie Allen (Score: 100), Armory Park (Score: 100), Rincon Heights (Score: 99)

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    #11. Sacramento, CA

    Bike Score: 68.9

    Population: 466,488

    Best neighborhoods for biking: Midtown (Score: 100), Downtown (Score: 98), North Oak Park (Score: 95), Med Center (Score: 94), Old North Sacramento (Score: 90)

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    #10. Washington D.C.

    Bike Score: 69.5

    Population: 601,723

    Best neighborhoods for biking: U-Street (Score: 93), Logan Circle - Shaw (Score: 93), Capitol Hill (Score: 93), Dupont Circle (Score: 92), SW Ballpark - Navy Yard (Score: 92)

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    #9. Irvine, CA

    Bike Score: 69.7

    Population: 212,375

    Best neighborhoods for biking: University Town Center (Score: 93), Rancho San Joaquin (Score: 85), University of California-Irvine (Score: 82), Westpark (Score: 79), Irvine Center (Score: 78)

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    #8. Chicago, IL

    Bike Score: 70.2

    Population: 2,695,598

    Best neighborhoods for biking: East Hyde Park (Score: 96), Hyde Park (Score: 95), East Ukrainian Village (Score: 93), University Village - Little Italy (Score: 92), Noble Square (Score: 91)

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    #7. Boston, MA

    Bike Score: 70.3

    Population: 617,594

    Best neighborhoods for biking: Allston (Score: 95), Fenway - Kenmore - Audubon Circle - Longwood (Score: 91), Back Bay (Score: 88), Hyde Square (Score: 88), Jamaica Central - South Sumner (Score: 88)

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    #6. Arlington, VA

    Bike Score: 71.0

    Population: 207,627

    Best neighborhoods for biking: Lyon Village (Score: 83), Cherrydale (Score: 82), Maywood (Score: 82), Ballston - Virginia Square (Score: 81), Old Dominion (Score: 81)

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    #5. Denver, CO

    Bike Score: 71.3

    Population: 600,158

    Best neighborhoods for biking: City Park West (Score: 97), Cheesman Park (Score: 96), Whittier (Score: 96), City Park (Score: 96), Five Points (Score: 94)

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    #4. Portland, OR

    Bike Score: 72.0

    Population: 583,776

    Best neighborhoods for biking: Buckman (Score: 99), Lloyd District (Score: 99), Old Town Chinatown (Score: 98), Hollywood (Score: 98), Sunnyside (Score: 98)

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    #3. Madison, WI

    Bike Score: 72.6

    Population: 233,209

    Best neighborhoods for biking: Greenbush (Score: 100), Tenney-Lapham (Score: 99), State-Langdon (Score: 98), Vilas (Score: 98), Marquette (Score: 98)

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    #2. San Francisco, CA

    Bike Score: 75.1

    Population: 805,235

    Best neighborhoods for biking: Civic Center (Score: 98), Mission District (Score: 98), Showplace Square (Score: 98), Mission Dolores (Score: 96), South of Market (Score: 96)

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    #1. Minneapolis, MN

    Bike Score: 81.3

    Population: 382,578

    Best neighborhoods for biking: Uptown (Score: 98), Dinkytown (Score: 98), Phillips (Score: 97), Lyn Lake (Score: 96), Warehouse District (Score: 96)

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