August 02, 2009
Forbes Traveler On Bike Friendly Cities, and Best Bike Trails
In the most recent of two stories Forbes Traveler Magazine announces what it considers to be "America's Most Bike-Friendly Cities".
As traffic continues to increase everywhere, pedaling within the urban grid only gets better: Municipal cycling commissions are encouraging pedal power over car congestion by putting in new bike lanes, paths and signals. Bike-only trails are also expanding everywhere to the suburbs and the exburbs. Getting to know a city by bike affords views and experiences you won’t encounter behind a windshield, as well as excellent passive exercise, often absent from travel itineraries.
The July package of online stories tells a little about each of the cities chosen, Austin (TX.), Portland (OR.), Eugene (OR.), Boulder (CO.), San Diego (CA), Davis (CA.), San Francisco (CA.), Seattle (WA.), NY City, Madison (WI.), Chicago (IL.), Minneapolis (MN.), Montréal (Quebec, Canada, and Vancouver (BC).
1, Original Article, with Photo Slide Show: North America's Most Bike-Friendly Cities
2. Yahoo News Briefing, featuring short bits, and links, on 7 of the cities mentioned: Forbes Traveler on North America's Most Bike Friendly Cities.
In March Forbes Traveler did a story called "10 Great American Bike Trails.
From dirt tracks to converted railroad tracks, great trails throughout the U.S. provide a variety of terrain, scenery, amenities, challenge, and overall experience for riders of differing abilities and intentions.
Their choices were:
Underground Railroad Trail; Mobile, Ala. to Owen Sound, Ontario.
Deschutes River Trail, Ore..
Trans-America Trail, Yorktown, Va. to Astoria, Ore..
Katy Trail, Mo..
Slickrock Trail, Moab, Utah.
Green Mountains Loop, Vt..
Great Divide Trail; Roosville, Mont. to Antelope Wells, N.M..
Route of the Hiawatha Trail; Idaho to Montana.
C&O Canal and Towpath and Great Allegheny Passage Trail, Washington, D.C. Area.
Central Park Loop, New York, N.Y.
This informative article includes a slideshow, describing more about each route, and providing links to more information on each.
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