As we wrap up National Bike Month, Bicycling Magazine released it’s latest list this week of bike friendly cities in the U-S. Peter Flax is the Editor-in-Chief and says they surveyed only cities with 100,000 residents or more and looked at a number of factors in selecting the cities that made the list. He says they are focusing on cities that are safe and fun for cyclists so they look at infrastructure, bike lanes, paths and bike rack availability. They also look at the relationship between the cycling community, private sector and the government involved.
Flax says for the first time Omaha made the list and came in at number 36. He says this is very impressive for a city new to the list to rank so high. He says Omaha has come a long way in making the city bike friendly and one of the most impressive things is both public and private energy went into the funding for new bike projects. He says there is a new system of 20 miles of bike lanes due to the collaboration between private enterprise and public money.
Flax expects more people in Omaha who are now recreational cyclists will become a commuter. He says one government study shows that over the past five year’s commuter biking increased by 36-percent. He says for those considering commuter biking make sure you wear a helmet and if you have an older bike that hasn’t been used for a while to have it checked out by a pro. He also asks that drivers remember that bicyclists are vulnerable and even if they do something that frustrates you road rage isn’t the answer. He adds that all bicyclists need to obey the rules of the road and take the safest route possible.