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November 2019 Update - The League of American Bicyclists renewed Madison's Platinum Bicycle Friendly Designation for another 4 years.

In the fall of 2015 Madison received a Platinum designation by the League of American Bicyclists and now ranks as one of the five best cities for biking in the United States. Prior to 2015 Madison had consistently received a Gold designation and in 2006 a Platinum Biking City Planning Committee formed. The committee was tasked with achieving the Platinum designation level through the League of American Bicyclists Bicycle Friendly Communities program, and putting forward a roadmap - or bike path - for Madison to become the best city in the country for bicycling. The Committee's report was adopted by the Common Council on April 8, 2008.

Starting in 2014 the City of Madison worked in collaboration with UW-Madison, Dane County, Fitchburg, Sun Prairie, Monona and Middleton to apply together and highlight regional cooperation. In addition, a new Platinum Committee formed to work with the City to submit the best possible application and help support additional efforts towards Platinum status. In 2015 those efforts resulted in Madison's current Platinum designation.. In 2019 the City of Madison along with the other local communities will reapply for Bicycle Friendly designation with the League of American Bicyclists.



In 2018 People for Bikes launched a new city ranking system called Places for Bikes City Rating. In both 2018 and 2019 Madison ranked in the top 10.  The PlacesForBikes City Ratings uses a scoring system to rank cities based on five key areas: Ridership (how many people ride bikes), Safety (how safe is it to ride bikes), Network (how easy is it for people to get where they need to go), Acceleration (how fast is the bike network expanding) and Reach (how well the network serves all neighborhoods in the community). 

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2019 Scorecard

2018 Scorecard

2020 - People for Bikes has started the process to rank cities in 2020 by releasing their community survey. Take the survey today.