Bicycling magazine released their latest list of the best bicycling cities in the United States and once again Tucson has fallen.
The newest rankings place Tucson in the number 23 slot.
When I started Bicycle Tucson (formerly TucsonVelo.com) in 2010, Tucson was ranked ninth overall and the region has been falling ever since.
Here are the rankings from the bi-annual list:
- 2010: 9
- 2012: 12
- 2014: 18
- 2016: 23
Here’s how the rankings are compiled according to the post:
Every two years, we sift through Census and department of transportation data on more than 100 cities, consult with experts from organizations such as People for Bikes, the Alliance for Biking & Walking, and the League of American Bicyclists, and talk with bike advocates and everyday riders to identify the 50 most bike-friendly towns in the United States. We look at everything from miles of bike lanes to the percentage of cycling commuters who are female—a key indicator of safe bike infrastructure—to the number of cyclist-friendly bars. The goal is not only to help you plan your next relocation but also to inspire riders and municipalities to advocate for change. (“Shaming works,” admits one city planner we spoke to this year.) Here are the 50 cities that made the cut this year—how does your town measure up?
Obviously a list like this has a lot of subjectivity and isn’t always dead on, but is the drop something Tucson should be worried about? Is it because Tucson isn’t keeping up or because other cities are finally getting in the game? What do you think?