1. Chicago, Illinois
Chicago is well known for its commitment to developing protected bike lanes within city limits. Currently, it has over 200 miles, yes miles, of on-street buffered and protected shared bike lanes. By the year 2020, the city hopes to increase that number to 645 city-wide, which would officially make it the most biker-friendly city in America.
The inception of Divvy, the bike-sharing company that has 3,000 bikes and 300 stations around the city, is a game changer when it comes to encouraging non-riders to join in. Not to mention, Mayor Ram Emanuel aims to protect cyclists with laws like increasing the fine for dooring a bike rider to $1,000. Pair all that with the 18.5-mile Lakefront path along Lake Michigan, and Chicago has a pretty solid case for winning over the hearts of cyclists nationwide. Check out some of Chicago’s bike maps and start planning your trip.