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March 31, 2011

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Calgary, 700 Km of pathways

A good start, but it does seem difficult to find a well researched source of N.A.'s best. Calgary has roughly 700 Km of pathways, and 290 Km of on street bikeways. From the city website: "Calgary has the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America." Find miles of creek and river valleys, climbs to commanding views over the city, and hours of uninterrupted paved paths. After one of my rolling suburban laps, around the sprawling SW or NW quadrant, I like to include a cafe in Kensington on the return trip. Try Nose Hill Park or Paskapoo Slopes for demanding mountain biking overlooking the city. Go well.

Gord more than 2 years ago

st. pete and Denver

St. Petersburg FL and Denver not being mentioned on the list shows that the writer has little knowledge of the topic. Sure would be nice if journalist did accurate research. Does not take much effort to find that these two belong on the list.

t more than 2 years ago

Denver forgotten

I'm surprised Denver, CO isn't mentioned here. According to our research and visit there is a whole network of bike trails thoughout the city, many along rivers and creeks. Just Highland Ranch alone has more than 60 miles of off-street trails. That is what I am interested in.........living a place that has off street bike trials. I hate worrying about cars. Yes Boulder, CO on this list but Denver itself is looking pretty good.

Brenda more than 2 years ago

Anchorage

While not quite in the Top 10 for cycling, Anchorage, Alaska has a lot to offer. There are bike trails covering most of the city, that provide car-free travel corridors from one end of town to the other. The scenery is unmatched anywhere in the world. There are miles and miles of trails for off-road biking (in summer) and skiing (in winter). And the cycling community is very well connected and active.

Jeff more than 2 years ago

Toronto Rocks...and Rolls!

Thanks for snubbing Toronto yet again!

TO Cyclist more than 3 years ago

Destination Bikeable City ?

Sacramento has truly THE world class place to bicycle, a Parkway that literally runs the entire LENGTH of the Sacramento Metropolitan region from the Sacramento River non-stop to the City of Folsom and through to the north shore of Folsom Lake. The Parkway allows complete CAR FREE bicycle travel and is great for all skills. It provides a "bicycle freeway" for bicycle commuters and does it with an added "wilderness experience" nearly unparallelled. I bicycle commuted 40 mi per day for 33 years on this Gem of the Valley. Sacramento has one of the most complete bikeway networks allowing very good access to even the most remote parts of the metro area. Work is in to complete a full 70 mile bike way LOOP around the whole metro area and an added EXTENSION of the Parkway from Folsom, east along the Old Placerville RR line to Placerville, making for a nearly 70 mile long bikeway from Placerville to downtown Sacramento. I can even bike-trailer my kayak to Lake Natoma!

Jacques Graber more than 3 years ago

Portland more than just a 20km trail to the airport

Portland is an awesome cycling destination. Bring your bike in an Amtrak baggage car for $5.00! There are 1,200 kms of cycling trails/paths (extremely well marked with destinations and approx pedal time). They publish a rain proof commuter cycling map. And a whole new eco-entrepreneurial class (Cyclist Sports Bar anyone!) supports cyclists in North America's greenest city. I live in British Columbia and Portland has set the bar for everyone else!

John Rowlandon more than 3 years ago

Bike Chicago's Lakefront

For Chicago, don't forget about our 18-mile Lakefront Trail on the shore of Lake Michigan, connecting the Loop to vibrant neighborhoods, parks and beaches with incredible views. http://www.activetrans.org/lakefront

Lee Crandell more than 3 years ago