3. High Point
They don’t do bike lanes in High Point, the 9th largest city in the state of North Carolina, where poverty and sprawl would make the bicycle an attractive means of conveyance were it welcome on city streets. But there is a stretch of bike-friendly roadway crossing the north end of town, a few trails for off-road cycling and four bike shops, a testament to residents’ interest in riding around on two wheels.
Winston-Salem has been designated a bronze-level Bike-Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists since 2013, with 17.8 miles of bike lanes on city streets and off-road options all over the city. There are just three bike shops in Winston-Salem, though, aggravating its place in the rankings. But more commuter bicycle options are in the works, including a path parallel to Business 40, which in another year or so would put Winston-Salem at the top of this list.
Greensboro was designated a bronze-level Bike-Friendly Community in 2009 and again in 2013 — designations last four years — largely due to its efforts in increasing bike lanes on city streets. It also boasts nearly 100 miles of off-road trails and greenways appropriate for cyclists. And there are 10 bike shops in the city limits, more than in Winston-Salem and High Point combined. That’s enough for first place… for now.