by Josh Gross
Bicycling Magazine released its 2012 list of the top 50 bike-friendly cities today, a list that ranked Boise 30th in America.
Only cities with populations of more than 95,000 people were considered, and the rankings were compiled with data from the Alliance for Biking and Walking and the League of American Bicyclists, as well as sources on the ground that could offer insight on specifics.
From the article:
Claims to Fame: A growing urban bike network sprouts from the 22-mile Boise River Greenbelt trail, and there are 100-plus miles of singletrack in the foothills overlooking downtown. Since it was founded by two firefighters in 2007, the Boise Bicycle Project has restored and redistributed 4,000 bicycles, with many of them going to children in need.
Biggest Challenge: Figuring out how to reduce incidents of driver hostility in nearby rural areas.
No other cities in Idaho made the list, but our Utah neighbor Salt Lake City ranked 26. Top honors went to Portland, Ore., followed by Minneapolis, Boulder, Colo., Washington, D.C., and Chicago.
See the complete rankings here.