Victoria tops list of cycle-friendly cities in Canada

Victoria tops list of cycle-friendly cities in Canada
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Two-way protected bike lanes on Pandora Avenue.

A US realty firm has released its inaugural ranking of top cities for cycling in Canada, and Victoria is at the very top.

The Seattle-based Redfin says that this is their first year ranking Canadian cities based on access to bicycle lanes, road connectivity, hilliness and other factors. Cities were awarded scores out a possible total of 100, with cities in the top 90-100 representing cities where daily errands can be accomplished by bike.

Victoria ranked the highest in Canada with a score of 80. Redfin says that this represents a city where biking is convenient for most trips.

The next-highest ranking cities were Vancouver, with a score of 79, and Montreal, with a score of 73.

Redfin says Victoria’s score was awarded in large part thanks to the city’s extensive bicycle network that connects to the Galloping Goose Trail.

The highest ranking US cities were Minneapolis, with a score 84, and Portland, with a score of 82.

Redfin’s top 10 ranked Canadian cities (with populations over 50,000) were:

Rank City Bike Score
1 Victoria, B.C. 80
2 Vancouver, B.C. 79
3 Montréal, Que. 73
4 Longueuil, Que. 70
5 Brossard, Que. 68
6 Ottawa, Ont. 64
7 Waterloo, Ont. 64
8 Toronto, Ont. 61
9 Winnipeg, Man. 61
10 Richmond, B.C. 61
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