We often focus our short attention spans on trying to clean up the internal combustion engines that currently power our automobiles. We also tend to look into the future to see what new technologies might be coming to send fossil fuels back to age of the dinosaurs. That said, there are a number of options right now that can dramatically reduce your overall energy use.

Chief amongst these is the humble bicycle. It's no secret that bicycles are some of the most efficient ways to get around town, and they require zero fuel – except, of course, for the calories burned while riding them – to operate. So, if you're ready to take the plunge into a bike-centric lifestyle, what's your first step?

Well, obviously you need a bicycle. But then, you'll need a place to ride it. Bicycling Magazine has taken the legwork out of determining the best places in America to own and ride a bike. In fact, the pedal-powered magazine has created a list of the Top 50 Bike-Friendly Cities in the United States, and it kicks off with a seemingly unlikely candidate. Click here to see for yourself.

[Source: Bicycling | Image: Herval – C.C. 2.0]

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