The City of Atlanta has been named one of the “Best Bike Cities of 2016” by Bicycling magazine. Every two years, the publication reviews Census and Department of Transportation data for more than 100 cities, consults with bicycle experts and interviews advocates and everyday riders to identify the 50 most bike-friendly cities in the United States. Atlanta ranked number 43 on the list for the first time.

“Atlanta is honored is be recognized as a leading bicycle city in the United States,” said Mayor Kasim Reed in a media statement. “Cycling has become an essential part of Atlanta’s transportation network, and we see this mode increasingly growing in popularity. We will continue to invest in bicycle infrastructure for our residents and visitors to enjoy for generations to come.”

The city has been committed to making bicycling an integral part of its transportation plans by launching bike-share program Relay and investing in 30 miles of bike lanes. Mayor Reed also named Becky Katz as the city’s Chief Bicycle Officer last October.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.