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Minnesota is 2nd most bike-friendly state, but has the number 1 biking city

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Minneapolis' miles of trails, cycle lanes and rental kiosks has seen it named the best city in the United States for biking by a considerable distance.

Rankings compiled by real estate company Redfin have highlighted how the city's biking system is proving a major factor in encouraging people to buy home in the city.

Cities scored highly for the number of miles of bike lanes and hills they have, the quality of road connectivity, and the proportion of commuters traveling to bike by work – with Minneapolis' score of 81.3 way ahead of San Francisco's 75.1 and Portland's 72.

It comes after Minnesota was named the second most bike-friendly state in the country by the League of American Bicyclist earlier this week, behind Washington state, WCCO reports.

"Biking is central to the healthy Minneapolis lifestyle and to a lot of people’s decisions about where to live in and around the city," Redfin's James Garry said. "In the past year, several of my clients have chosen to buy smaller houses in South Minneapolis rather than larger, similarly priced ones in the suburbs, simply so they could bike to work during the week and around Lake Harriet on weekends."

Forbes noted that the 118 miles of on-street bike lanes and 92 miles of off-street trails went a long way to securing top spot for Minneapolis, which was also praised for its Nice Ride Minnesota bike-sharing system that was launched in 2010.

The example of Nice Ride is being followed elsewhere, Forbes added, for example in Chicago which received a 9-point bump in the rankings thanks to the recent introduction of its own bike-sharing system.

The League of American Bicyclist rankings looked at broader issues statewide, including funding and infrastructure for safe biking, and the promotion of cycling-friendly laws. Minnesota has ranked in the top 5 since 2008, WCCO notes.

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