The Boston MA Bike Score is a grading system of bike accessibility from 0 to 100. The score is based on bike infrastructure, topography, destinations and road connectivity. We are at number five out of ten major cities. And Cambridge came in at 92 for smaller cities.
Being bike friendly is due to the efforts and the money allotted in a city to build a great biking infrastructure. Below is a list of the top ten cities with a population of 500,000 or more residents..
1. Portland (Bike Score: 70.3)
2. San Francisco (Bike Score: 70.0)
3. Denver (Bike Score: 69.5)
4. Philadelphia (Bike Score: 68.4)
5. Boston (Bike Score: 67.8)
6. Washington D.C. (Bike Score: 65.3)
7. Seattle (Bike Score: 64.1)
8. Tucson (Bike Score: 64.1)
9. New York (Bike Score: 62.3)
10. Chicago (Bike Score: 61.5)
One of the major reasons that Boston has achieved such a great score is the development of The Hubway system.
This is a bike sharing system which provides over 100 stations and 1,000 bikes available in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, and Somerville. You can grab a bike near your home or office and pedal your way to the next lunch meeting, errand or shopping trip, or to visit friends and family.
The good news is that the municipalities of Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, and Somerville are all working with Massachusetts Department of Transportation, The Metropolitan Area Planning Council, The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and the Federal Transit Administration to continue to expand the system in the Boston Area.