ANCHOR LEAD: Urban Cycling is going through a renaissance. Cities across the country are making stunning changes to make it safer, easier and better than ever to jump on a bike. Brian Osuch has more. (:60)
SCRIPT: Lifestyles, I'm Brian Osuch. These days, biking is becoming increasingly popular in cities across the country. Peter Flax is Editor-in-Chief of Bicycling Magazine which recently released a list of the most bike-friendly cities in the U.S. Peter, tell us about the list.
CUT: (Flax) Every two years Bicycling Magazine releases a ranking of the top 50 bicycling friendly cities in America. The top city in America is Portland, Oregon which beats out its big rival Minneapolis, Minnesota.
SCRIPT: How much money can you save by riding a bike?
CUT: (Flax) If you just ride to work once a week on a bicycle instead of a car, you can save on average over $1000 a year.
SCRIPT: And Peter, how about some cycling safety tips?
CUT: (Flax) The number one thing is to always wear a helmet. And also you want to follow the rules of the road just like you would in a vehicle. If there's a stop sign or red light, you want to stop and put your foot down. It's just safe for you and it doesn't antagonize the drivers. And really try and stay on roads that make you feel comfortable.
SCRIPT: For more, log onto bicycling-dot-com. That's Lifestyles from Rodale, Inc. I'm Brian Osuch.
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