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Bicyclists ride through an intersection along the American River bike trail near Sunrise Blvd in Sacramento in June, taking advantage of a route that is considered one of the nation's best, a new survey shows.

American River bike trail is 11th best in U.S., national survey shows

Published: Monday, Aug. 26, 2013 - 11:36 am

A national survey by USA Today ranks the American River recreation trail as the 11th-best urban bike trail in the country.

The newspaper cites the 32-mile long trail from Folsom to downtown Sacramento for having few road crossings. It also notes the trail serves as both commuter route and scenic recreation route for weekend rides.

In listing the 19 best urban bike trails, USA Today noted more cities are developing cycling routes that are away from motor vehicle traffic, while others are reducing car-lane space on streets to make more room for bikes.

The top urban bike trail on the list was the Midtown Greenway in Minneapolis, a 5.5-mile bicycle "highway" on a sunken rail corridor through the center of town. The busy trail, with virtually no car crossings, is lit at night, has emergency call boxes and is served by snowplows in winter.

A 7.5 mile path in Boulder, Colorado ranks second. The newspaper describes the trail as "central to life" in Boulder, where 10 percent of commuters use bikes.

The 27-mile Burke-Gilman Trail along Puget Sound in Seattle ranks third.

Here's where you can see the list.

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