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Most Bikeable Cities in U.S. Include Chicago

By Kyla Gardner | May 15, 2013 6:23am
 There's no reason to praise planned fines for rogue cyclists. Chicagoans get nickled-and-dimed enough.
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CHICAGO — Chicago is one of the most bikeable large cities in the U.S., according to a new ranking from the website Walk Score.

Chicago came in 10th, earning a score of 61.5 out of 100. That makes the city "Bikeable," but it's no "Biker's Paradise," a distinction that required a score of 90.

Scores were based on hilly terrain, road connectivity, number of bikes on the streets and infrastructure like lanes and trails, according to Walk Score.

First-place Portland, Ore. earned a 70.3 score, and New York City edged out Chicago for the No. 9 spot with a 62.3. The full Top 10 list is here.

Chicago's bikeability, according to a heat map, centers around downtown and the North Side. The South, West and far North Sides are less friendly to those on two wheels, according to Walk Score.

Only cities with populations of more than 500,000 were considered in the ranking, Walk Score said.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently proposed a crackdown on law-breaking cyclists. Fines would also increase for drivers who "door" riders.