Tucson ranked as a top biking city in U.S.

Tucson ranked as a top biking city in U.S.

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The City of Tucson and East Pima County is one of just 25 cities in the U.S. to receive a Gold or Platinum recognition by the League of American Bicyclists for 2015.

When compared to other western urban areas including Denver, Austin and Phoenix, only Portland, OR, fared better than the Old Pueblo, according to a news release from the MAP Dashboard. Tucson received a gold ranking, and Portland received a platinum.

The MAP Dashboard is a partnership between the University of Arizona Eller College, the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA) and the Southern Arizona Leadership Council (SALC).

The City of Tucson and Pima County are both proactive in developing and maintaining a network of bike paths and walkways, according to MAP.

Tucson provides various forms of outreach that emphasize the importance of biking and walking, including events and education, as well as planning and implementing bikeway and walkway networks.

According to the MAP website, Tucson had 3.4 bike miles per square mile in 2014.

Tucson also had 14.8 bike miles per 100,000 residents in Tucson in 2014, 94.5 percent more than Phoenix, which only had 5.3 bike miles.

Pima County is currently developing "The Loop," a shared use path that will total 131 miles around metro Tucson with links to Marana, Oro Valley and South Tucson.

"The Loop" is one of the most used parks in Arizona, according to the news release.

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