MIAMI, FLA. -- The City of Miami has been named one of the "Top 50 Bicycle Friendly Cities" in the U.S. by Bicycling Magazine.
This makes it the second year in a row that Miami has made the grade.
The annual list tracks trends in what American cities are doing to become more bicycle friendly and has been a gauge to measure progress.
It also represents a turn-around for Miami, which, in 2008, was ranked one of the five worst cities to bicycle.
Last year the city's efforts to change things brought it to number 44 on the list of top 50 Bicycle Friendly Cities.
This week, city officials said they had jumped ten places up to number 34 in Bicycle Friendly Cities.
The City of Miami adopted an aggressive Bicycle Master Plan in 2009 with the goal of becoming a Bicycle Friendly City by 2012.
City agencies have worked toward creating more livable streets through a 'Complete Streets' ordinance, installing bicycle facilities, and the Miami 21 Zoning code.
Bicycle advocacy groups have worked to create a culture of safer streets and vibrant bicycling culture.
Officials with Bicycling magazine say cycling is taking hold like never before, and they credit Miami with being one of the innovative cities that are quickly reinventing their streets to accommodate cycling.