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Vancouver Is Not Canada’s Most Bike-Friendly City, While Richmond Makes Top 10

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Despite the city’s many bike lanes, Vancouver did not come in first place for most bike-friendly city in Canada.

Vancouver ranked second on the list, right below Victoria. Meanwhile, Richmond is in the top 10, scoring a tie with Winnipeg and Toronto, which may come as a surprise.

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The list came out earlier in December by real estate listings site Redfin. The company used Bike Score to compose the list – which scores cities out of 100.

The score is based on:

  • bike infrastructure
  • the place’s hilliness
  • destinations and road connectivity
  • the number of commuters who bike to work

Vancouver received 79 points, with notice taken to the city’s 300 km+ of bike paths. So the fact that the city didn’t take the top spot may surprise many, given the efforts put into our many bike lanes.

“Vancouver has gone through significant reconstruction to make it as bike-friendly as possible over the last decade,” said Redfin agent Brooks Findlay.

But Victoria beat it by just one point.

“Victoria has a network of hundreds of kilometers of bike lanes and bike paths, including the Galloping Goose Regional Trail, which bikers use both for commuting and recreation,” the site said.

10 most bike-friendly cities in Canada
Photo: Redfin.com

Richmond scored 61 out of the list, because of its flat terrain and its bicycle lane access and road connectivity.

The report looked at more than 300 cities across Canada with a population of at least 50,000 people.

Meanwhile Minneapolis made number one in the U.S. with Portland placed second.

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