What key factors go into determining the top 10 commuter cycling neighborhoods in America?
That’s the topic of heated contention and fast-and-furious revision this week as BikePortland.org takes on CityClock.org. The hoopla began when CityClock ranked Eugene’s central neighborhood as the best neighborhood in the country for biking. Then it ranked Portland’s Hosford-Abernethy neighborhood (Hawthorne to Powell, 29th to the Willamette, including Ladd’s Addition) as tenth best. Tenth best? Seriously?
BikePortland rose to the challenge, asking what factors went into determining the best commuter cycling neighborhoods? After all, Eugene is home to the University of Oregon. Thousands of college students rely on bikes as their main mode of transportation. Is it fair to compare college neighborhoods with sans college neighborhoods? No. Decidedly not fair.
Then, upon being challenged, CityClock (much to their credit) revised their analysis, omitting communities with colleges and universities. That dropped Eugene off the rankings. (I’m not smiling, really I’m not.)
Nevertheless, the revised rankings come with a rather significant caveat. As it turns out, CityClock ranks top bike communities by one essential factor only. That factor is proportion of people commuting by cycling.
Considering that one factor alone (but we could surely win on other factors as well), Portland scores bigtime. Four of the top ten commuter cyclist neighborhoods in the ENTIRE COUNTRY are Portland neighborhoods. (Portlandia, you can surely make an episode out of this, right?)
And the winners are: Sunnyside at #9, Arbor Lodge at #7, Humboldt/King/Boise at # 2, and–drum roll please– Hosford-Abernathy at # 1.
Eugene, better luck next time.
Check out the full articles: CityClock: Top Ten Cycling Communities in America and Bike Portland: Census Shows Hosford-Abernethy is Portland’s Bikingest Neighborhood.