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Somerville Ranks First in Northeast, Fifth in Nation for Bike Commuting

In this year’s inaugural address, Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone reaffirmed his commitment to make Somerville the most bikeable, walkable and transit-accessible community in the nation. This month, the city moved closer to that goal as it ranked first in bicycle commuting among northeast cities and fifth in the nation overall.

The ranking comes from the League of American Bicyclists’ annual report on bike commuting, drawn from U.S. Census and American Community Survey data. It reported that 7.8 percent of Somerville’s residents use biking to get to work.

“This is a tremendous achievement that has a positive impact on our environment, our economy and our health,” says Curtatone. “We’ve worked hard at making it easier and safer to bike to work in Somerville. It reduces our residents’ reliance on cars, saves them money and helps them lead healthier lives, while also sparing the environment from more greenhouse gas emissions.”

For the full League of American Bicyclists’ annual report on bike commuting, visit BikeLeague.org.