Santa Ana ranked 6th most bike-unfriendly city in the US



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  1. It’s intriguing. This data reveals that kids from college ride bikes. I’m sure I did. A college can be located in almost any one of these top cities.

  2. I’m always in favor of expanding recreational opportunities in the region, particularly given the area’s massive population growth. But do you really think it’s important or justified to speak about it as we’re struggling in this particular field?

    What’s the basis for this statement, for example?

  3. I was shocked to see Chicago rated so low…the northside has plenty of bike lanes and narrow streets that make cycling for errands a breeze. I have essentially given up on biking ever since I moved to LA.

  4. What about San Bernardino? I wouldn’t recommend taking any form of transportation through there. It’s as if the “early 1990s street crime” stereotype in parts of SoCal has spread further east in recent decades.

    That, and the Pho’ restaurant on Waterman has long since closed its doors.

  5. Boulder is the greatest city I’ve ever seen. It isn’t fine, but I don’t have many problems with it. I believe the city is doing an outstanding job of making it a great cycling city.

    I’m shocked Las Vegas isn’t in worse shape. I had contemplated bringing a bike to get around the first time I went there. It did not take long to know that this would be a wish for death.

  6. As a bike commuter in Chicago, the city seems to be too poor only because, unlike most other cities, it is a viable way to get around. Then again, at times, it may certainly seem dangerous. As a direct result of a poorly planned bike lane, I ruined a fork which ran into a car door.

  7. If I read the graphic right, Los Angeles kills 75 bicyclists every year.

    15 / 10k * 4M / 80 80k

    My best estimate for a typical lifespan was 80 years.

  8. Not shocked at this, super. The fellow cyclists should accept absolutely sure that LA’s cycling system could use a lot of work. I’ve been hit twice in 2 years of bike commuting, almost sideswiped on every trip, sexually assaulted, yelled/cursed/honked at, still! I really love this town’s biking. Here’s hoping I don’t pass out on the highway one of these days.

  9. Okay, I’m aware that CB has a fantastic trail system. The city, however, is like a mile and a half in length. Any city of that scale is highly bike-able. The population size lower limit should be raised.

  10. Yes, it’s garbage. And that’s not even the scarcity of facilities. Outside of a vehicle, highway speeds on surface streets and violent, often inattentive drivers make streets even more hostile. Santa Monica is close, at least.

  11. Crested Butte has a population of around ten people. It is also the birthplace of mountain biking *basically*. The trails are absolutely incredible there. However, I’m having trouble understanding why it’s the most bike-friendly area. Particularly because, due to snow, you can’t bike 4 months out of the year.

    Source: I’m a Colorado resident.

  12. For his bike-friendliness ranking, the index contains these factors:

    – Percentage of bike commuters – percentage of leisure bike riders – rate of bike fatality per 10,000 inhabitants – research score for the bike network from peopleforbikes.org

    And, and,

  13. This is not a good city reference. I know that riding around Chicago is 4000 times better than riding around San Francisco. Just because a lot of people ride bikes doesn’t mean it’s a safe place to ride.

  14. That’s not shocking, given that LA has the worst drivers in the world. We may not only be the least bike-friendly area, but we may also be the least pedestrian-friendly.

  15. I’m a little disappointed that Durango isn’t included on the list. For decades, we’ve had a powerful cycling tradition, hosting a world-renowned race like the Iron Horse and other occasional races of note every year.

  16. Not a day goes by on my bike where a driver doesn’t honk at me.

    I’m seriously considering creating a jersey with the word “on my back” on it.

    “Please don’t kill me; I have four children.”

  17. In LA, I was a cyclist. Cycling was one of my favorite hobbies. But I stopped because I knew it was a matter of “when” rather than “if” I would be struck by a vehicle. I have experienced gross sexual harassment as a woman cyclist, including a man pulling up next to me at a stop light more than once and saying crude things like asking me for a blow job or using obscene language at me. It’s been a bummer.

  18. I think I’m glad to learn this is the case statistically, but when I was riding my bike alongside the back road behind Safeway on baseline and was nearly struck by a truck that wasn’t paying attention, causing me to swerve and fly off my handlebars, fracturing my leg as I watched him speed away, I was unconcerned. Laughter

  19. There’s no way this is real, lol.

    Biking in SM is challenging because of the abrupt stop/start bike lanes, cars jumping the bike lane to make a fast right turn, Ubers often using the bike lane to drop off/pick up, and potholes that can easily bend or break a wheel. There are a few nice streets, but it’s not especially pleasant for the most part.

  20. Many of those cities are much smaller than Portland and are located within larger metro areas, so being bike friendly in Somerville, MA or Ferndale, MI doesn’t mean much if their neighbors aren’t.

  21. According to the study, Portland has one of the highest rates of bike fatalities on the list, as well as a low bike network analysis ranking. The score is based on how well people can get to their destinations on a linked bike network – where do you think better-connected bike paths are needed in the city?

  22. This is something I can testify to… Portlanders can enjoy biking, but coming from Colorado, I find the bike lanes to be a mess and dangerous. It’s insane. People seem to be less able to share the road because there is less attention paid to properly delineating a bike lane, the lines are worn, and people seem to be less able to share the road.

  23. For these reasons, it’s absurd to refer to Stanford as its own place. It’s nothing more than a college campus and college-owned land.

  24. Too many of these are college cities, which isn’t entirely fair in the ranking when you consider the number of college students who ride bikes instead of driving cars.

  25. PBOT and ODOT, like most transportation agencies, are almost entirely focused on automobiles. There is currently no one with the political willpower, such as Hildago in Paris or Khan in New York, to press for a reorganization of public space. We might have massively increased greenways by using COVID, but we didn’t. 🙁

  26. Crested Butte isn’t even a town; it doesn’t have a single stoplight… It seems absurd to me that Arlington and CB, each of which have a population of 1500 year-round residents, will be measured similarly.

  27. The information in this infographic appears to be outdated. Portland is currently ranked 13th in the PeopleForBikes rankings:

    This has a dubious safety ranking as well. We are ranked in the top 6 in the actual rankings, but we are classified as the 2nd worst out of the top 25 on this.

  28. It’s old information, and the company is relying on it:

    I’d like to see it modified with more metrics that would make a map like this a more accurate representation of facts.

  29. The population of First Crested Butte is about 2000 people. The rest, however, is entirely up to you. I ride every day and choose to ride on greenways (as opposed to bike lanes), which are usually excellent. By peddle, I can get to all of my favorite breweries.

  30. What the fuck is going on with Seattle 13? Rainy days, massive hills. AF drivers who are aggressive. Giant, teeny-tiny side streets, and oh yeah. I’m fucked. Hills, to be precise.

  31. Minneapolis/St. Paul aren’t on this list, which surprises me. It seems to be a lot easier to get where you need to go in the Twin Cities metro area than it is to leave downtown Madison.

  32. Chicago has always seemed to me to be much more bike-friendly than Portland. In Chicago, the drivers are predictable. They’re obnoxious and aggressive, but they’re still predictable. On the other hand, Portland was a nightmare. Every night on the television, another bike/car accident was reported. That’s why, when I lived there, I drove or walked everywhere.

  33. Just for the sake of contrast, they should have Amsterdam on the map. They have to take bikes out of the canals every now and then because there are more bikes in the city than people. However, there are very few obese people.

  34. We recently relocated from Madison to San Luis Obispo, and based on what I’ve seen, Madison appears to be more bike-friendly. As a non-cyclist, it’s extremely difficult to say.

  35. I’m from Eastham, Massachusetts, which is a few towns north of Provincetown. Ptown is essentially a three-mile-long stretch of mainstreet. The roads on Cape Cod are notoriously bad for bicycling.

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