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Five Homes from the Country's Most Bike-Friendly Big Cities

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The people behind Walk Score have just updated their ranking of America's "most bikeable" cities, with more than 100 cities ranked according to their, you guessed it, Bike Score. At the top of the list is an unsurprising winner—the fixed-gear haven of Portland, Ore.—but hilly San Francisco is a close second, and Denver, with its snowy winters and lung-busting mile-high altitude, took third. Those results are even more astounding given that the methodology takes hills into account. Down at number five is the relatively flat Boston, Mass., where the extensive bike path system extends even to adjacent suburbs. This Brookline home lies just a block from a bike lane that extends all the way to Copley Plaza. As old as the concept of bike commuting is new, the seven-bedroom mansion seems an unlikely home for bike commuters, especially given the $2.75M price tag, but it is remarkable that this stately historic home enjoys such easy pedal access to the heart of the city.

? What's this? Another bikeable suburban manse? Yes. Located on the banks of the Schuylkill River, this 3,200-square-foot house has a private dock, a swimming pool, and even a garage with elevator, but it also sits directly on the Valley Forge bike path. The path runs along a former railroad bed from Valley Forge to downtown Philadelphia—number four on the Bike Score rankings—a distance of nearly 20 miles. The surprisingly bike-friendly home is currently listed for $619K.

? Sliding in at a respectable third on the Bike Score ranking, Denver is home to the acclaimed BCycle bike sharing program. Conveniently enough, there's a BCycle location directly in front of Spire, one of the Denver's most luxurious new developments. A 23rd-floor two-bedroom unit with walls of glass, three bathrooms, and a sleek modern kitchen can be had for $800K.

? On the philosophical side, liberal San Francisco seems like a natural place for environmentally friendly bike commuting, but on the practical side, the city is built on some rather daunting hills. This $649K condo unit is located on one such hill, so heading downhill should be an easy cruise, but gettting home ... not so much. The two-bed, one-bath apartment does have an unfinished garage space that could be easily turned over to one serious bike room.

? Bikes are very Portland, and, thankfully, so are adorable, renovated bungalows. This one is particularly well situated for cyclists—while the city gets a Bike Score of 70.3 overall, this house scores a 91—and the lack of a garage further discourages the use of a car. The three-bed, two-bath home was built in 1910 and is currently listed for $499K.

· Portland Tops New Bike Score Ranking [Walk Score]
· 131 Carlton St [Estately]
· 1 River Road [Weichert]
· 891 14th StUNIT 2301 [Zillow]
· 954 Carolina St [Estately]
· 3933 SE WOODWARD ST [Estately]