Davis, Calif. pedals to First Place in Best Cycling Town contest
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- Chosen by readers of USA TODAY and 10Best
Fort Collins, Minneapolis, Madison, Greenville also score
22% of residents commute on bikes and 95% of city roads have bike paths, so it's no real surprise that Davis, California has taken top honors with readers for Best Cycling Town in our latest Readers' Choice contest.
Colorado's Fort Collins, with its 310 miles of trails, mountain bike opportunities and even a Bike-In Cinema Series - ran a tight race and landed a very solid second place.
Rounding out the top 10 were Minnepolis, Madison, Greenville S.C., Chattanooga, Tucson, Durango, Sacramento and Bend, Ore. It's notable that so many cities in northern latitudes gained traction with pedal-pushing readers.
Only two southeastern cities represented the options east of the Mississippi. One of them - Greenville, S.C. - is the hometown of legendary champion cyclist George Hincapie, who served as our Expert for the category, and made the original 20 nominations.
After four weeks of voting by the public, the top 10 winners are:
- Davis, Calif.
- Fort Collins, Colo.
- Madison, Wis.
- Greenville, S.C.
- Chattanooga, Tenn.
- Durango, Colo.
- Bend, Ore.
Because Hincapie selected the original 20 nominees, cities landing on that list also have bragging rights. The remaining cities which competed for votes from the bicycle crowd include Ann Arbor, Mich.; Asheville, N.C.; Austin; Boulder, Colo.; Gainesville, Fla.; Malibu, Calif.; Moab, Utah; Park City, Utah; Seattle; and Portland, Ore.
Congratulations to all our winners, and a special thank you to George Hincapie. Between bike share programs, the availability of bike paths, great scenery and local cycling groups, these cities make a great must-visit list for active vacationers of all ages.