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February 2024 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. Madison consistently ranks in the Top Ten for midsize cities.

2022 Ranking Information