Hi! This city likes bikes because bikes carry tourists and tourists carry money!
According to the League of American Bicyclists, the best state in the union for being bike friendly is Washington in 2015, thanks to that state's aggressive efforts to build bike infrastructure and to edumicate stoopid car drivers about the rights of cyclists. (Our beloved home state of Minnesota ranked second, same as last year.) Over on the urban side of the ledger, the LAB handed the laurels for most bike-friendly city to New York. Huh? Yep. As I've said in the past, this is a sea change from just a few years ago when NYC was about as friendly to bikes as a gravel alley behind a tack factory. Chicago and Boston also made the top 10 -- also cities that have traditionally been bike unfriendly since horse and buggy days. We're not members of the League, but it seems their bike friendly awards are designed mostly as an enticement to government officials, state commerce departments, and city cheerleaders who recognize that "bike friendly" is kind of a synonym for "human friendly."