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Portland, Ore.

% Bicycling to work: 6.1
Bicyclist fatalities per 10k bicycling commuters: 1.1
Average annual bicyclist fatalities reported: 2.0
Data courtesy of Alliance for Biking & Walking

According to the Portland Bureau of Transportation, the 6% of commuters represents over 17,000 people. They have 319 miles of bikeways with more than 50 funded to be installed in the next few years. Portland even has 15 special intersections with bicycle-specific traffic signals. This city definitely loves its bicyclists and works hard to keep them safe.

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Minneapolis, Minn.

% Bicycling to work: 3.6
Bicyclist fatalities per 10k bicycling commuters: 2.3
Average annual bicyclist fatalities reported: 1.7
Data courtesy of Alliance for Biking & Walking

Minneapolis is home to the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition that works hard every year to advocate for a city where everyone can feel comfortable to ride and bicycling is encouraged. They hosted worked with the City on bike-friendly policies and plans, held many successful car-free Open Streets events and installed over 160 new bike racks across Minneapolis.

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Seattle, Wash.

% Bicycling to work: 3.4
Bicyclist fatalities per 10k bicycling commuters: 1.7
Average annual bicyclist fatalities reported: 2.0
Data courtesy of Alliance for Biking & Walking

Seattle aspires to make bicycling more and more comfortable for its locals. According to Seattle’s Department of Transportation, Council Members recently approved a Bicycle Master Plan to encourage and accommodate more people to ride bicycles. They are working to create even safer streets for bicyclists of all ages.

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San Francisco, Calif.

% Bicycling to work: 3.3
Bicyclist fatalities per 10k bicycling commuters: 0.9
Average annual bicyclist fatalities reported: 1.3
Data courtesy of Alliance for Biking & Walking

San Francisco strives to keep their streets safe by implementing laws and regulations for bicyclists. According to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Bike Guide Brochure, bicyclists are required to have reflectors and a front light when riding in the dark. And distractions such as headphones and using cell phones are against the law.

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Washington D.C.

% Bicycling to work: 2.9
Bicyclist fatalities per 10k bicycling commuters: 1.1
Average annual bicyclist fatalities reported: 1.0
Data courtesy of Alliance for Biking & Walking

According to the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, recent legislation has been passed in Virginia that requires all motorists in the jurisdictions to leave at least three feet of space when overtaking and passing a bicyclist. DC has more than 50 miles of bicycle lanes and plans to install even more.

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Tucson, Ariz.

% Bicycling to work: 2.5
Bicyclist fatalities per 10k bicycling commuters: 3.0
Average annual bicyclist fatalities reported: 1.7
Data courtesy of Alliance for Biking & Walking

Tucson promotes the usage of bicycles with their Bicycle Boulevards. According to the City of Tucson website, the goals for the boulevards are to reduce motorized cut-through traffic, provide healthy and safe ways for non motorized traffic, and connect neighborhoods.

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Oakland. Calif.

% Bicycling to work: 2.5
Bicyclist fatalities per 10k bicycling commuters: 3
Average annual bicyclist fatalities reported: 1.3
Data courtesy of Alliance for Biking & Walking

Walk Oakland Bike Oakland has continued to fight for bicycle and pedestrian facilities since 2007 and has seen success. They have pushed the City Council to adopt new bicycle parking ordinance, pushed for new bicycle and pedestrian friendly traffic calming devices, and secured a commitment to hire a bicycle and pedestrian transportation engineer.

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New Orleans, La.

% Bicycling to work: 2.3
Bicyclist fatalities per 10k bicycling commuters: 5.8
Average annual bicyclist fatalities reported: 2.0
Data courtesy of Alliance for Biking & Walking

The City of New Orleans Department of Public Works is currently working with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and Regional Planning Commission to have more than 100 miles of bikeways by the end of 2014. They currently have 87 miles and this New Century New Orleans Master Plan, Transportation Plan is creating more.

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Sacramento, Calif.

% Bicycling to work: 2.3
Bicyclist fatalities per 10k bicycling commuters: 5.3
Average annual bicyclist fatalities reported: 2.3
Data courtesy of Alliance for Biking & Walking

The Sacramento County Department of Transportation states that its goal is to “create and maintain an integrated system of bikeways that is direct, safe and convenient to use for work, school, errands and recreation.” They invite locals to come every month to the meeting of the Sacramento City/County Bicycle Advisory Committee to oversee the implementation of their Bicycle Master plan and to give advice on bicycle related issues.

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Denver, Colo.

% Bicycling to work: 2.2
Bicyclist fatalities per 10k bicycling commuters: 1.5
Average annual bicyclist fatalities reported: 1.0
Data courtesy of Alliance for Biking & Walking

Denver recognizes how popular bicycling is increasing and the Public Works Department is working to make improvements in bike lanes, sharrows and their new 15th Street Bikeway. The Bikeway gives bicyclists easy access to downtown and the Cherry Creek trail. It gives a clear, safe left lane for bicyclists, separating them from motorists in the middle lanes, and buses in the right lanes.

Safest Cities for Bicyclists