Philadelphia’s Center City Tops Redfin Ranking of the Most Bikeable Downtowns

Redfin Celebrates Bike to Work Week by Honoring Cities Where Safe and Convenient Bicycle Commutes Are a Priority

SEATTLE--()--In honor of Bike to Work Week, Redfin (, the next-generation real estate brokerage, and Walk Score®, a Redfin company, today released a ranking of the 10 most bikeable downtowns in the nation among cities with populations over 500,000. Redfin analysts asked local real estate agents and city officials to weigh in on bikeability as an increasingly common consideration of residents and homebuyers.

With a Bike Score of 96.4, Center City West in Philadelphia is the most bikeable downtown neighborhood in the U.S.

Top 10 Most Bikeable Downtowns

1. Center City West, Philadelphia, Pa. - 96.4

2. El Presidio, Tucson, Ariz. - 95.8

3. Downtown, Austin, Texas - 93.4

4. Downtown, Denver, Colo. - 92.6

5. Downtown, Portland, Ore. - 92.3

6. Old Louisville, Louisville, Ky. - 89.9

7. Downtown, Washington, D.C. 88.2

8. Downtown, San Jose, Calif. - 87.3

9. Downtown, Indianapolis, Ind. - 86.7

10. The Loop, Chicago, Ill. - 84.2

City leaders in Philadelphia have worked over recent years to increase the number of bike lanes running through downtown and expand the city’s Indego bike share program. As the bike network grows, safety continues to be a concern as well as an increasing priority for bicyclists and governments in Philadelphia and elsewhere across the country.

Bike fatalities decreased by 25 percent in Philadelphia from 2010 to 2014, and education has been a big part of that, according to Clarena Tolson, Philadelphia’s Deputy Managing Director for Transportation and Infrastructure.

“One of the keys to bicyclist safety has been greater education and appreciation for bicyclists as people who deserve to share the road, so we’ve made that a focus,” said Tolson.

According to Redfin livability analyst Eric Scharnhorst, when cities build invitations for bicycling, the Bike Score will go up and more people will use their bikes for everyday transportation.

“Inviting people to travel to work, dinner, school or the hardware store on a bike requires providing a safe network of bicycle infrastructure. If you build it, they will bike,” Scharnhorst said. “And you can still keep your car.”


Bike Score measures whether a location is good and safe for biking on a scale from 0 - 100 based on four equally weighted components:

  1. Bike lanes
  2. Hills
  3. Destinations and road connectivity
  4. Share of local workers’ commutes traveled by bicycle

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