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The top 10 cities in Canada for biking

Biking in Canada is as popular as ever, serving as an affordable and eco-friendly form of transportation. While travelling by bike is a great way of getting around for a multitude of reasons, there's no doubt that certain cities are more suited for it than others. 

According to Redfin's inaugural Bike Score ratings of Canadian cities,  Victoria, Vancouver and Montreal are the most bike-friendly cities in the country. 

To compile the list, cities with populations of more than 50,000 were given scores based on several factors including access to bike lanes, road connectivity and hilliness.

Cities where daily errands can be accomplished by bike were given a score of 90 points or above, while cities where biking is convenient for most trips scored 70-89 points and cities with some bike infrastructure scored 50-69 points.

Here are the top 10 cities in Canada for biking. 

  1. Victoria (80)
  2. Vancouver (79)
  3. Montreal (73)
  4. Longueuil (70)
  5. Brossard (68)
  6. Ottawa (64)
  7. Waterloo (64)
  8. Toronto (61)
  9. Winnipeg (61)
  10. Richmond (61)

Victoria, the highest ranking city on the list, has hundreds of kilometers of bike lanes and bike paths, including the Galloping Goose Regional Trail, which bikers use both for commuting and recreation.

Meanwhile, Vancouver's bike-path network is extremely popular with commuters and spans more than 300 kilometers.

In 2018, biking accounted for more than 7 per cent of all trips taken in Vancouver, up from 4.4 per cent of trips in 2013.

Lead photo by

Roxanne Desgagnes in Montreal

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