Riding a bike is really becoming a way of life. The exercise is great, but people are finding that bicycles are cheap, efficient, and fast ways to get to work.
Realtor.com identified 10 of the next great cycling cities, where the rate of bicycle commuters increased the most from 2010 to 2014.
Oakland led the pack, going from a 1.8 percent share of bicycle commuters in 2010 to 3.7 percent in 2014. The city added a protected bike lane in May, and will launch a bike share program next year. Other cities on the list include Boston, Memphis, and Chicago.
Chicago does an excellent job of providing opportunities to use bicycles for transportation or leisure. Its well-run share program has thousands of bikes available at more than 550 stations across the region. The city has already completed 29 protected bike lanes and has plans for eight more. Bonus: Cyclists looking for a more relaxing ride, where they’re not dodging moving, four-wheeled vehicles, can enjoy the 18 miles of the Lakefront Trail, which runs along Lake Michigan.