Chicago ranked sixth on list of ‘bikeable’ cities

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Chicago has been ranked sixth most “bikeable” city by neighborhood data website Walk Score. | Sun-Times file photo

With the city’s Divvy expansion and more bike lanes on the way, Chicago has been ranked sixth most “bikeable” city by a neighborhood data website.

Chicago got a 70.2 from Walk Score, with Minneapolis and San Francisco taking the top spots in the 20-city list. Chicago’s score means it’s “very bikeable,” meaning biking is convenient for most trips. Boston edged out Chicago with a 70.3 score.

The website calculates its bike scores by measuring bike lanes and trails, hills, destinations and road connectivity and the number of bike commuters. Walk Score is a division of Redfin, a real estate website.

Divvy, Chicago’s bike-sharing programstarted two years ago, is doubling its service area across the city, from 44.1 square miles to 86.7 square miles.It’s also adding 176 bike stations and will have 476 stations and 4,760 bikes when the expansion is complete, giving Chicago the most bike-share stations in North America.

Last month, Walk Score ranked Chicago sixth for “walkable” cities. New York ranked first.

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