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Portland Ranked #1 Most Bike-Friendly City in U.S.

Monday, May 11, 2015

 

Portland is the number one most bike-friendly city in the U.S., according to a study by BetterDoctor.com. The study ranked 52 American cities based on the percentage of commuters that bike to work, the number of bicycle-related fatalities in each city, and the amount of state funding allocated to biking infrastructure. 

Of Portland's total daily commuters, 6.14 percent go by bike, and there are 1.1 fatatlities for every 10,000 people in a year. Federal transportation funds for bike and pedestrian projects in Portland equal $8.35 per capita. 

With an overall score of 87.59, Portland beat out Washington D.C. at the number two spot with a score of 84.31, and Minneapolis at number three with a score of 77.08. Overall, the West Coast is the best coast for bike-friendliness with four out of the top 10 cities belonging to Oregon and California: Portland, Oakland, Sacramento, and San Francisco. Portland's other West Coast neighbor, Seattle, ranked at number 11.

Among the least bike-friendly states in the U.S. are Fort Worth, TX. Detroit, MI, Freson, CA, and Phoenix, AZ. 

The study used data from the U.S. Census 2013 American Community Survey, the Alliance for Biking and Walking, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

SEE The top 20 most bike-friendly cities in America: 

 

Related Slideshow: 17 Ways to Experience Portland on Bike

Check out these 17 businesses for bike rentals and tours, that allow you to enjoy the Portland bike scene without owning a bike:  

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Pedal Bike Tours

Bike rentals and guided tours, including a pub and Columbia River Gorge ride

Bike Rentals: $35-$60 a day

Tours: $89-$109

133 SW 2nd Ave 
503-243-2453

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Spinlister

Peer-to-peer bike sharing 

Search online or with an app for avaiable bikes of all sizes and prices to loan from local bike owners 

Bike owners list their own rental prices, anything above $1

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Go By Bike Shop

Bike rentals  and valet partner with OHSU at the Portland Aerial Tram

$40 a day, $20 a day for OSHU employees

SW Moody and Gibbs  
971-271-9270

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Waterfront Bikes  

A wide range of city, cruiser, road, mountain, tandem, child, and hybrid bike rentals

10 SW Ash Street #100 
503-227-1719

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Clever Cycles

Brompton folding bike rentals, with optional child seats and mandatory bells

$30-$45 a day

900 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
(503) 334-1560

Photo credit: Number 10 on Flickr

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Portland State University Bike Hub

Bike rental for PSU students and visitors, and a bike sharing program

$35 a day

1818 SW 6th Ave
(503) 725-9006

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Splendid Cycles

Bullitt cargo bike rentals

$24 a day

407 SE Ivon St  
503-954-2620

Photo credit: wittco.gmbh on Flickr

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Wheel Fun Rentals

Specialty bike rentals, including tandems, quad sports, choppers, slingshots, and surreys. 

$20-$45 a day

1020 SW Naito Parkway  
503-808-9955

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Mountain Shop

Off-road bike rentals

$60-$75 a day

1510 NE 37th Avenue
503-288-6768

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Bike Commuter

8-speed, 1-speed, and racing bike rentals.

$35-$50 a day

8524 SE 17th Ave
503-505-9200

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The Bike Gallery

Bike rentals with locations in Downtown, Hollywood, Woodstock, Lack Oswego, Beaverton, and Clackamas

$75-$85 a day

Downtown Location:
1001 SW Salmon 
503-222-3821

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Everybody’s Bike Rentals

Vintage, road commuter and touring bike rentals

$25-$30 a day

305 NE Wygant 
503-358-0152

 

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Fat Tire Farm

Road and mountain bike rentals

2714 NW Thurman 
503-222-3276

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Sellwood Cycle Repair

Road and cruiser bike rentals

$40-$50 a day

7639 SE Milwaukie 
503-233-9392

 

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Cycle Portland Bicycle Tours

Single speed, road, and electric bike rentals, was well as number of city tours

Bike Rentals: $30-$70 a day

Tours: Start at $40

117 NW 2nd Ave
844-739-2453

 

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Athletes Lounge

Road bike rentals

$60 a day

2671 NW Vaughn
503-477-5906

 

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Veloce Bicycles

High-end road bike rentals

$40-$60 a day

3202 SE Hawthorne  
503-234-8400 

 
 

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