By Chelsea Lacey-Mabe
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — In recent months, Philadelphia has gained recognition for its growing beer scene, green parks and was ranked the fourth most walkable city in the country earlier this month. But they managed to snag the #1 spot for “Most Bikeable Downtown” just in time for National Bike to Work Day on Friday.
Philly earned their rank from Redfin who analyzed which cities had better biking commutes and what local government was doing to make those commutes safer. According to the real estate company, bikeability has become a major consideration for people buying a new home.
Philly scored big for 400+ of miles of on-street bike lanes in addition to dozens of bike-friendly trails. Last year Philly rolled out its first bike share program Indego with 700 bikes, adding 300 more to celebrate its successful first year. And the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic, more commonly known as the Manayunk Bike Race has been a staple in the community since 1985.
Bike safety, meanwhile, remains a top concern for the city. The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is one group who remains at the forefront of safety initiatives. They have a calendar full of bike safety classes, including some free ones, as well as other information to help keep cyclists safe on the roads.