It would appear Jackson Hole is ahead of the nation for bicycling opportunities. PeopleForBikes released its 2021 City Ratings, expanding internationally for the first time to include 30 European, 42 Canadian and 35 Australian cities. In its fourth annual iteration, the data-driven City Ratings analysis evaluated more than 750 cities and communities across the globe to spotlight the best cities and towns for bicycling, as well as provide city leaders with actionable insights to make biking better in their communities.
The study specifically considered two key factors: the quality of the bicycle network in a region and community perceptions of bicycling. Jackson earned the highest “community score” among small U.S. cities of fewer than 50-thousand residents. The Community Score is based on community perceptions and behavior around Ridership, Safety, Network and Awareness.
Answers to questions in these four categories provide valuable insight into how often people ride bikes for transportation and recreational purposes, how safe they feel riding a bike in their community, whether the local bike network helps them reach useful destinations and if they are aware of nearby bicycling resources.