Riding on a peaceful trail immersed in nature can be blissful, but some of the best bike riding in our fair nation can be had in our cities.
Since the spring of 2020, U.S. cities have seen a boom in bicycle ridership unlike any other time. The unique combination of circumstances brought about by the pandemic - the proliferation of remote work, reduction in car traffic, lack of open public gyms, lack of public transportation, reduction in other travel/leisure opportunities - all sent people exploring their local neighborhoods on bike.
An unavoidable fact is not all cities are built with cycling in mind. There exists a massive disparity between the most car-centric cities and the most bike-friendly cities. That being said, due to their density, cities offer the greatest chance to use a bicycle as a tool (running an errand) rather than just as a hobby.