San Antonio has been ranked for the first time on Bicycling Magazine’s 2012 “America’s Top 50 Bicycle-Friendly Cities” list, debuting at #47.
To determine top 50 bike-friendly cities for 2012, Bicycling Magazine evaluated cities with populations of 95,000 or more, using data provided by the Alliance for Biking and Walking and the League of American Bicyclists, as well as input from local advocates and bicycle and pedestrian coordinators.
To make the list, a city must possess both a robust cycling infrastructure and a vibrant bike culture.
Austin ranks #13, the only other Texas city on the list. In the article about the selections, San Antonio is complimented for its proposed bike network through the award-winning Bicycle Master Plan, and Siclovia, which drew over 15,000 participants to the inaugural event.
At the City’s second Siclovia event last March, more than 40,000 people came out to “Play in the Street,” by walking, jogging, biking, skating, and wheeling their way up and down the two mile stretch of open boulevard along Broadway.
The publication acknowledged the City’s Efforts with a public bike share program that is helping promote bicycling in San Antonio. Plans are in the works for more bicycle infrastructure improvements through our 2012 Bond street projects, the B-Cycle Mission Reach Expansion, and continuing construction of the Greenway Trails.