A report in Bicycling Magazine ranking the top 50 most bike-friendly cities places Washington fourth. In the magazine's last ranking, in 2010, Washington didn't break the top ten.
See the entire list 2012 here.
Then, as now, the list was dominated with more predictable cities like Portland, Minneapolis, Boulder, Madison, and Eugene. Seattle and San Francisco also made both lists.
But the big story of this year's list is the prominence of big cities --like Chicago and New York, which, like Washington, both climbed in ranking.
Most of the changes that the magazine credits in Washington, DC -- including bike share and more bike lanes -- began under DC's former transportation commissioner, Gabe Klein, who now has that job in Chicago (up to #5 from #10 on the last Bicycling Magazine list.)
The magazine examined cities with populations of at least 95,000 for "a robust cycling infrastructure and a vibrant bike culture."
The magazine reports that bicycle ridership increased in Washington "80 percent from 2007 to 2010." The capital city's bike share program is growing in popularity and recently clocked its two millionth ride.