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Bike nation

Bike nation

Move over, cars—we’re fast becoming the most bike-happy part of the country. Here’s just a taste of what’s going on.

Car-free festivals. Cyclists have taken over San Francisco streets on designated Sundays (sundaystreetssf.com). Portland (portlandsundayparkways.org), Oakland (oaklavia.org), Boulder (bouldergreenstreets.org), and even L.A. (ciclavia.org) have also joined in.

City planning. Believing that biking to work should be easier for locals, Tucson’s Department of Transportation is planning a network of 40 bicycle boulevards, with traffic-calming elements for safer commutes.

Bike sharing. Home to more than 300 miles of trails, Denver launched the West’s first bike-share program (bcycle.com), with 50 kiosks of cherry red bikes (pictured). Seattle, Portland, and Boulder have followed suit, and San Diego, San Francisco, and L.A. are getting in on the action.

More: 20 best bike paths in the West

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