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Bike trail overlooking the Golden Gate © Christian Haugen/Flickr
Bike trail overlooking the Golden Gate © Christian Haugen/Flickr

San Francisco Named No. 2 Bike-Friendly City In US – Here's Why

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Updated: 28 September 2016
According to a recent report from Bicycling, San Francisco is now the second most bike-friendly city in the nation. Ranking just behind Chicago, but ahead of Portland and New York City, this city is beloved among bicyclists — read on to learn why.

San Francisco has seen a huge surge in bikers over the last several years. Bicycling writes, ‘According to the most recent Census data, the number of people commuting by bike in San Francisco increased by 16 percent between 2012 and 2014. On the busy Market Street bike lane, a bike counter that records the number of trips taken annually hit one million for the first time in 2015.’ This increase has been attributed to a number of recent improvements to the city’s bike trails and bike lanes. ‘Over the last four years, San Francisco has added miles of new and high quality cycling facilities… For example, planners recently retrofitted a high-injury corridor on 13th Street with a parking-protected bike lane (in which cyclists are separated from automobile traffic by a row of parked cars)… In 2015, San Francisco installed 800 new bike racks, including one bike corral that doubles as a city mural.’

Still more plans are in place to improve the city’s bike-friendliness. The Bay Area Bike Share has an impressive expansion in the works for 2017, leading the city to host a projected 4,500 bikes. A projected bike lane on Masonic Avenue broke ground this year, and 2017 is expected to bring raised and protected bike lanes to Second Street. All of this is planned under the city’s commitment to Vision Zero, a policy established in 2014 with the aim to eliminate 100 percent of traffic-related deaths.

For more on the best of biking in San Francisco, get to know the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, which offers a variety of resources and free classes for experienced and aspiring cyclists alike.