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May 17, 2016

Study: Philadelphia neighborhood named nation's most bikeable downtown

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Shopping Indego through Philly Thom Carroll/PhillyVoice

The Center City West section of Philadelphia earned top honors in a recent list of America's most bikeable downtowns, according to a report.

Redfin, a real estate company, released the report on Tuesday that ranked the best biking commutes for residents.

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Top 10 Most Bikeable Downtowns.


Center City West received a Bike Score rating of 96.4. The rating is on a scale of 0-100 and calculated by measuring bike lanes and trails, hills, road connectivity and the number of bike commuters.

“Philadelphia’s walkability has always been one of the city’s strongest assets for residents and visitors, alike,” said Mayor Jim Kenney, “and today we celebrate our bikability with a growing number of Philadelphia users and facilities. My goal is to continue to not just increase ridership but to increase it across all neighborhoods in our city.”

The area was boosted by its more than 440 miles of bike lanes and the city's recent expansion of the Indego bike sharing program.

“It’s not uncommon for my home-buying clients to bike from one home to the next during home tours or on a weekend open house outing,” said Redfin agent Minh Che about the Philadelphia area. “For a couple of recent clients, a garage was a must-have, not to park cars, but to store bikes. Buyers today see bike routes and bike storage as an important amenity, more so than previous generations.”

The complete list of Top 10 Most Bikeable Downtowns:

  1. Center City West, Philadelphia
  2. El Presidio, Tucson, Arizona
  3. Downtown, Austin, Texas
  4. Downtown, Denver, Colorado
  5. Downtown, Portland, Oregon
  6. Old Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky
  7. Downtown, Washington D.C.
  8. Downtown, San Jose, California
  9. Downtown, Indianapolis, Indiana
  10. The Loop, Chicago, Illinois

Philadelphia was recently named the fourth most walkable city in the nation by Redfin.

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