Denver takes on Portland in the 2013 Cycling City Showdown

It's coming down to the wire. Everyone knows that Denver beats Portland when it comes to beer and weather -- but how do the two rate as bike cities?

REI recently rolled out its 2013 Cycling City Showdown, and Denver has already beaten Washington, D.C., and Minneapolis -- now it faces that pallid Portland in the finals, with today the last day to vote.

Which you can do on REI's Facebook page.

You can also leave a comment there, as Deb just did when she dissed on Portland: "Denver -- so many trails, sunshine, winter riding is easy, cars are bike-aware, BikeDenver rocks, bike events, bike shops...need I say more?"

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Christine Downs, spokeswoman for the Denver Department of Public Works, will. "As you know," she says, "Denver is constantly making improvements to our bicycling infrastructure and we, of course, think we are better than every city, including Portland."

About Portland, the city to which we're often compared, she notes: "By winning this, we'll definitely show that we're on the map and the champions of the world."

You're on a roll, Denver.

From our archives: "The ten worst Colorado bike collisions of 2012."

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Denver is so often compared w/ Portland, and having lived in & outside of Portland, the scenic view goes to our northern counterparts . I also noticed MANY more using biking as a regular form of transportation than here in Denver . We MUST not forget the size difference & this city supports teams in every professional sport . I'd nearly be willing to say you'd find more cyclist in Boulder than in Denver .

When truly compared, Denver BLOWS Portland way w/ yearly indoor & outdoor activities ! The people there were a bit politer, but I'll hang in Denver, (my place of birth),  til at least marijuana is legalized nationally . I expect to be here a little while longer .....


I've biked both Portland, Denver and many big cities in the U.S.. Denver can't be beat when it comes to our urban trail system, which is extensive. Portland has some of the friendliest motorists that I've ever come across, yielding and using caution around bicyclists when on the road.

Denver drivers could learn a lot from Portland when it comes to having safe, positive interactions with bicyclists. Also, they have Voodoo Donuts when a carb fill is needed.


Wait.  Denver beat out Minneapolis?  I've biked both cities and based on my experiences, Minneapolis is the better city for biking.  There seems to be a lot more hardcore bikers up there, including many who ride through the harsh winter months. 

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@KennyO Great post, KennyO. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks.

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