Beautiful bike trails are always a highlight when searching for a new neighborhood. If there's a place near your home to safely ride your bike surrounded by a soothing nature trail, or even ride to a locally owned coffee shop, that's a fantastic feature.
There are more benefits to living near bike trails that might be obvious, even if you're not a cyclist yourself. Beyond the trails, many cities are rebuilding to include bike lanes, inviting cyclists rather than shunning or trying to ignore them. They've found many benefits to this inclusion, some planned and some not.
The more that bike lanes are tried and improved upon, the better an area’s infrastructure in general, studies have shown. When space usually reserved for cars is expanded to