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PeopleForBikes reportedly released their annual city ratings, in which different California cities like Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Long Beach, Thousand Oaks, and Westlake Village ranked relatively low for bike-friendly cities. PeopleForBikes releases annual City Ratings results in June every year.
The PeopleForBikes City Ratings is a data-driven approach to evaluate and compare bicycling in U.S. cities and towns, reads the organization’s website. For their 2020 ratings, the organization added 107 international cities in 12 countries in addition to the 660 U.S. cities. They don’t, however, rate cities in Asia and Africa.
Among the top 10, only one U.S. city made the cut — Provincetown, MA. The highest ranking California city was Lompoc. Santa Monica was the highest rated SoCal city with a score of 52. Los Angeles came in at a lowly 33, tied with San Diego, Westlake Village and Thousand Oaks. And trailing only one point behind them was Long Beach.
Provincetown was ranked first among small cities in the U.S., as aforementioned, while Berkeley, California, topped the list for medium cities and Brooklyn, New York, rated highest for large cities.
The international cities that made the top of the City Ratings Analysis this year include Utrecht and Amsterdam, Netherlands; Catalonia, Spain; Antwerp, Belgium; and Paris, France. What all top performing cities have in common are strong bicycle networks, meaning systems of interconnected bike lanes, paths, trails, and safe streets that make bicycling an enjoyable and effective means of transportation.
As the organization writes in its FAQ page, “most U.S. cities [fall] short of world-class examples of integrated bicycling in places like Copenhagen and Amsterdam.” It is their hope to inspire and motivate cities in the U.S. to accelerate their bike infrastructure and programs that get people on bikes.
According to the PeopleForBikes’ website, the city ratings scores result from combining a city’s network score and community score. The first measures the quality of a city’s bicycle network, while the latter measures how people feel about biking in their city.
It’s no secret that, despite experiencing the nationwide bike boom during the pandemic and Los Angeles slowly becoming more bike friendly, California’s bicycle accident statistics are alarming and demonstrate the dangerous reality that many bicyclists face on the roads. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2018 California was the second state with the most pedalcyclist deaths in the country. And in 2017, the city of Los Angeles experienced a total of 1,918 bicycle accidents that resulted in 17 fatalities, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Annual Report.