Outrage: Minneapolis left off most bikeable cities list despite having second-best Bike Score

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Not a top 10 bike city my ass!
This week, Walk Score used Bike Score data to put together its ranking of the 10 Most Bikeable Large U.S. Cities.

SEE ALSO: Portland douses some Haterade on Mpls after regaining Bicycling.com's Best Bike City honor

Minneapolis, you might recall, clocked in with the second-highest Bike Score in the county last December (only Boulder ranked higher). Nonetheless, Walk Score left the City of Lakes out of its top 10. So what the hell gives?

A "note" under Walk Score's list explains: "[T]o keep our rankings apples-to-apples the list above only includes cities with 500,000 or more residents."

In other words, our bustling metropolis is too small for the for big city elitists at Walk Score.

"Minneapolis also deserves an honorable mention," Walk Score wrote. Thanks a lot, jerks.

As you'd imagine, Walk Score's omission of Minneapolis stirred up controversy in the comments section. Some suggested Walk Score consider the Twin Cities as a unified metro rather than Minneapolis and St. Paul individually.

Another commenter, after pointing out that many Minnesotans "do indeed bike between the cities," suggested he had better things to do than participate in a digital argument about Walk Score's ranking.

"I am jumping onto my bike from my home in South Minneapolis, and heading for the State Capitol near downtown St. Paul, where our governor will be signing a bill for marriage equality at 5:00," he wrote.

If that isn't the stuff of a top 10 bike city, then we have no idea what is.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.

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birdiegolden
birdiegolden

Then maybe you shouldn't call it the top 10 ranking "cities" if you're only including "some" of them.  Not really worthwhile reporting if your information is half ass and only half inclusive.

Sully_Bach
Sully_Bach

The Twin Cities metropolitan area is the 16th largest metropolitan area in the US at 3.3 million.

exgeronimo
exgeronimo

The Twin Cities probably do miss out on a lot of things more important than just rankings because of being 2 small population cities instead of 1 medium. (Can't believe there is still no Zara here.) 

Most of us probably know that MSA population is more important than city, but international people may not since everywhere but North America people actually live densely in each city instead of 90% driving in from suburbs each day.

The solution is: move in to the city from the damn suburbs!

Yeeeeeehawwww
Yeeeeeehawwww

Minneapolis is not as important as all of you think. There are tons of other more exciting, safer, and friendlier cities with more bike lanes, rooftop seating, and legit shit than mpls. Mpls is depressing. How can a city seriously be called "bike friendly" when winter just ended this week! Take your heads out of your a$$es!!

keny1
keny1

The good news is that Minneapolis was ranked the #1 city in the U.S. where it's residents delusionally think that Minneapolis is a Cosmopolitan and World Class city. 

Zachammer Amick
Zachammer Amick

Mpls isn't 500k people or we would be considered. This rank doesn't realize those closeness of our burbs and recognize that people travel between cities more often than not. We all know mpls rocks for bikes, that what matters.

SchadenfreudianSlip
SchadenfreudianSlip

Boo fucking hoo... is this bitch-fest really worthy of a blog post? Jesus... somebody call the waaahmbulance...

astrid.yankosky
astrid.yankosky

I biked back and forth from Mpls to St. Paul multiple times weekly and know many others that did/do when I lived there. Portland has too many hills and bridges that slow your roll.

Arkadi
Arkadi

After reading these comments, I don't know who's touchier: cyclists, or people who don't like cyclists.

_Joe_
_Joe_

Bicyclists are the touchiest of all hipsters.  I once got yelled at for having a bike rack on my car.  As if transporting a bicycle on an automobile were some kind of sacrelige.

How many times are we going to reference this bike list or that bike list?  Ride a bike. Don't ride a bike.  Eat your fucking bike.  Nobody fucking cares.

Maria Gallagher
Maria Gallagher

Maybe nobody in Portland gets Molotov cocktails thrown at them like in our beloved city.

lund519
lund519

No kidding! I thought it was funny too. My God, people get huffy about these things...what is this, 1993? P.C. is over, learn to laugh at some things.

James Matthew Foote
James Matthew Foote

Perhaps they got a look at the pathetic excuse for bike lanes on Hennepin downtown.

peeve
peeve

in other news,  a new study has ranked Minneapolis 3rd in the nation in ending up on lists ranking various attributes of metropolitan areas and then people in the city talk about how they ended up on a list

Drew
Drew

the self-importance and perceived cultural capital of making these lists was largely created by CityPages. the citizens of the Twin Cities know its a great bike culture. that's all that matters. get over being left out. or move to Portland...


Angela Wiberg Morris
Angela Wiberg Morris

This is a travesty. First of all, how can we be left off a list of most bikeable cities WHEN BIKES ARE ALWAYS GETTING IN MY FUCKING WAY while I'm trying to drive? Secondly, this list is bullshit... As clearly evident by the header photo on this article, Portland can SUCK AN EGG because we have the MOST ATTRACTIVE bike-riders in the entire United States... I would venture maybe in the world. Eat it, list.

Travis Hulbert
Travis Hulbert

the interesting thing is the only reason Minneapolis has a population under half a million is because another major metro area is 20 miles away.

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

I'm not from here. I get that people bike here in winter. I also get that 99% of people in this country would rather not.

But ultimately, who gives a shit...

Lynn Gehrls
Lynn Gehrls

what's up with that hot mess of a picture posted with the article?

Adam Klugherz
Adam Klugherz

I'm ok with coastal people not knowing minneapolis is better than where they live... I don't want them moving here...

birdiegolden
birdiegolden

@Yeeeeeehawwww Nobody said it was the best - but it sure as shit isn't the worst...Just because you don't enjoy biking in the winter doesn't mean there aren't plenty of Minnesotans ready to embrace the challenge.  Not everything has to be considered cool or uncool based off of how it tailors to you.

So kindly, get your own head out of your ass before you choke on it.

Oscar
Oscar

Enlighten us Keny. What are the best cities besides the obvious.

keny1
keny1

@Zachammer Amick Well, we don't have 500,000 people, and suburbs don't count. Also, remember that we have winter here 4-5 months out of the year. While people do bike here in the winter, it is a tiny few. But I do agree with you that this city is great for bicyclists in general. If we had year-round biking weather, we would absolutely be #1. I laugh in the summer time when I ride to work from Fridley to DT Minneapolis (via the Mississippi River Regional Trail) and I watch the people getting on the Northstar train at Fridley Station, and I beat them to Nicollet Mall by about a minute or two. 

birdiegolden
birdiegolden

@_Joe_ That isn't all bikers in Minneapolis.  No doubt, we have our share of touchy hipsters, but I've also experienced some of the friendliest biking atmospheres and people on the trails too.

Don't let a couple of self absorbed blow holes stain your impression of the average Joe or Jane just taking a nice Sunday cruise down a bike path.

PS, thank you for not wearing spandex!

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@_Joe_ Dear Lord, No Kidding.  I love riding my bike around this town, but I don't have the right kind of bike, I simply won't wear Spandex at the age of 47, I don't know the lingo, I don't have the right kind of facial hair (or any, for that matter).  I do it all wrong, I guess.

My son is 15 and has been riding his bike to school everyday for 5 years now, as far as 4 miles each way.  He hates the Bike Hipsters so much, and they look down on him, although he really should be one of them.  He stops at the coffee shops, he gets his bike supplies at one of more hipster bike shops in town, he does all but the most major maintenance himself.  He should be their little brother mascot.  But no.  He doesn't have the right kind of bike, and he rides with traffic and obeys traffic rules (I know; I've tailed him at a distance to check up on him).

I wonder who comes up with these lists in the first place.  List Hipsters, no doubt.  Ugh.  I'll just keep riding my ancient 3-speed with breadbaskets on the back all around, wearing sneakers and eating ice cream bars while riding.  I'm having more fun than they are and I don't care if I'm a pasty white guy with a bald spot and a gut.  I earned it.

Oscar
Oscar

I almost forgot, I also don’t give unsolicited advice.

Oscar
Oscar

Nothing worse than a hipster biker. Yet these same hipsters will buy plastic bottled water bottles and drink coffee out of non-reusable cups on a daily basis and think nothing of it. But as they dont use gasoline they obviously are better than me as I dont ride a bike or wear skinny jeans or neon green sunglasses.  

keny1
keny1

@Travis Hulbert Since when is St. Paul considered to be a "major metro area"?

ShitstormUSA
ShitstormUSA

@Travis Hulbert I'm having trouble with your geography. St. Paul is zero miles away.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@Adam Klugherz ya living on the coast would suck...

Ryan1
Ryan1

@keny1 You may be correct but for you the term is not "we" because from the post you seem not to live in Minneapolis. Don't feel superior because you beat the Northstar people by 1-2 minutes. You can't do anything productive in 1-2 minutes.

erikostrom
erikostrom

@swmnguy @_Joe_ Wait, you're getting your stereotypes mixed up. Bike Hipsters don't wear spandex, they wear spats.

keny1
keny1

@digitalprotocol You must haven't been up here recently. How should I put it nicely? Um.....Let's just say that Fridley has become "culturally enriched". Aka Ghetto.

jo1glex
jo1glex

@Ryan1  Wanna bet?  It's keny1 you're talking to here...

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

@erikostrom  Awesome.  That just shows you how little I know about that breed of hipster.

Actually, I was in The Hub with my son a while ago and a very helpful fellow there pointed out a neo-retro bike with a huge front tire; perfect for the spat-wearing set.  He did not recommend it as a ride, though.  Perhaps he could tell how far we were from hipness.  Or, helpful and nice a guy as he was, he was just being helpful and nice.

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