In the comments on our recent list of the top emerging bike scenes in North America, a few readers wondered why Davis, California, a college town...
In the comments on our recent list of the top emerging bike scenes in North America, a few readers wondered why Davis, California, a college town of 64,000 and legendary biking Mecca, didn't make the cut.The fact is, Davis's biking scene is anything but "emerging." Biking has been a central part of Davis culture since the 1960s. In 2005, it was the first city to be rated a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Cyclists, who estimated that 20 to 25 percent of all trips in the city were made by bike. Here's a Flickr photo collection of some of the features that make the town so bike-friendly.And, this past weekend, Davis earned a new honor-it was selected as the new home of the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame, beating out 10 other contenders. I can't think of a better place for the hall of fame to relocate (and as a Davis native, I'm really proud, if not a little biased).Photo from Flickr user basykes, licensed under Creative Commons. Sensible transportation bonus: that's the Davis train station in the background.