Columbus and Cleveland were both listed in Bicycling.com’s Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities with populations over 100,000.
Ranked 34. Columbus, OH
Columbus celebrates Bike Month city-wide, and has a corporate challenge to see which company can get the most employees to bike-commute. In 2009, the city launched an aggressive 20-year bike plan.
39. Cleveland, OH
A new trail just beyond the city’s southern border runs all the way to Akron—110 miles in all. Plans call for a web of trails to unspool east and west as well. To get tourists in the act, the city launched a bike-rental program last summer—part of a larger goal to expand into an indoor parking garage with showers, changing rooms and lockers.
Bicycling.com also listed 5 cities with populations less than 100K. But no other Ohio city was mentioned. Personally Loveland, Ohio should have made the list in my opinion.
Things a city can do to gain consideration the Top 50 list: segregated bike lanes, municipal bike racks and bike boulevards, to name a few.
If you have those things in your town, cyclists probably have the ear of the local government—another key factor. To make the Top 50, a city must also support a vibrant and diverse bike culture, and it must have smart, savvy bike shops. If your town isn’t named below, use this as an opportunity to do something about it. Bicycling.com only considered cities with populations of 100,000 or more and geographical diversity to avoid having a list dominated by California’s many bike-oriented cities.