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Chicago ranked the sixth most bike-friendly city in America

Chicago ranked the sixth most bike-friendly city in America

If you live in Chicago and don't own a bicycle, you're making a huge mistake.

Just in time for "Bike to Work Week" (which is happening now, by the way), Walk Score ranked the most bike-friendly cities in America. Chicago came in sixth, behind Minneapolis, San Francisco, Portland, Denver and Boston. The "bike score" is based off a city's hills, connectivity, number of cyclists and infrastructure. Given Chicago's flatness and the surge of Divvy bikes and other bike lanes over the past two years, sixth place feels pretty disappointing. 

Chicago's score had the biggest gain in the country since the last time the survey was conducted in 2013, rising from 61.5 to 70.2. The Chicago Department of Transportation's plan to complete a 645-mile network of bike paths by 2020 might have had something to do with the increase. Once the 606 opens, Chicago will almost surely be more bike-friendly than hilly cities like Boston and Denver.

Walk Score also ranked Chicago the sixth most walkable city in the country last month. Honestly, there's no reason why you should be driving in Chicago... except for that thing called winter.

 

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