The Best Urban Bike Paths in the U.S.
“It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them,” Ernest Hemingway, said, making a great point.[slideshow:104200]
While each city has its own preferred mode of transportation — walking fast through the streets of New York, braving the tireless traffic of Los Angeles, ride-sharing amidst the hills of San Francisco — locals and visitors alike would be remiss not to give a bike a try, especially as more metropolises become friendlier to bicyclists than ever.
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With so many paved trails, protected lanes, and bike-sharing offerings, pedaling through a new city is an underrated way to explore extensively. (Not to mention, you’ll also burn a few extra calories, which means that you can enjoy all of a town’s local indulgences with a little less guilt.)
To help you plan your next two-wheel trek, our expert editors traversed through a ton of local trail guides — targeting both seasoned bikers and casual cruisers — to find 20 of the best urban bike paths in the country.