#10 Missoula, MT from America's Best College Towns for Cycling

America's Best College Towns for Cycling

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#10 Missoula, MT

Percent Commuting by Bike: 6.2
One would think the logging, mining, and farming around Missoula might quiet the area into a sleepy Northwestern lull, but quite the opposite: lush forests, rivers and lakes encourage a thriving outdoor culture in this home of the University of Montana, which is host to an energetic cycling population. Nobody in Missoula has to be without a bike: students can check out free yellow cruisers from UM for up to two days, and community members can head to the non-profit Free Cycles for dirt-cheap rentals ($5 for three days) or, better yet, a free bike in exchange for two volunteer hours.