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11/10/2007: "The Most Bicycle-Friendly Cities Worldwide?"
Wired has blogged a short but sweet article on the world's most bicycle-friendly cities; not very extensive but it has a good photo of a vast bicycle parking lot in Amsterdam, and of course expands recognition of transportational cycling to another segment of an often hitherto-clueless audience.

The criteria used were, oddly enough, those of the League of American Bicyclists, who of course work in one of the least bike-friendly countries on this battered earth, but they're generally worthy guidelines anyway.

Read the article here: Where Are the Most Bicycle-Friendly Cities in the World?, which rather oddly leaves out cities in Japan, where the BF staff has visited and ridden, and where we noted that bicycles were more thoroughly integrated into daily life than even in Holland.

And for you impatient ones, here's the list:
  1. Amsterdam
  2. Portland, Oregon
  3. Copenhagen
  4. Boulder, Colorado
  5. Davis, California
  6. Sandnes, Norway
  7. Tronheim, Norway
  8. San Francisco, California
  9. Berlin
  10. Barcelona
  11. Basel, Switzerland
It shames us, as lifelong residents of Los Angeles, that none of the cities is in our half of the state, while eight of the ten are in cold, wet, and often snowy places, where ordinary folks nevertheless ride their bikes year-round quite naturally.

Still, we are seeing more bikes every day as we pedal around town, and as we've said before, if it can happen here, at Ground Zero of Carmageddon, it can happen anywhere!

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