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Where Are the Most Bike-Friendly Cities in America?

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Cycling is becoming an increasingly popular activity in America, especially during the pandemic when so many are stuck at home. Bike sales soared in 2020 as people were looking for a safe activity to keep them active during quarantine.

The following visualization from e-bike manufacturer Tower Electric Bikes analyzed a variety of data points to determine the most bike-friendly cities in America as well as the least bike-friendly.

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The Most and Least Bike-Friendly Cities in America

The graphic compares the percentage of bike commuters, percentage of recreational cyclists, cyclist fatality rate, as well as a score of how well-connected and accessible each particular city is for cyclists to create an overall Bike Friendliness Score. It uses a pin map visualization to point out each of the most and least bike-friendly cities on the U.S. map, color coding each pin to its Bike Friendliness Score. Below the map is a breakdown of the individual statistics as well as bar charts illustrating each city’s score. All data originated from PeopleForBikes.org.

Topping the list of bike-friendly cities is Crested Butte, CO. The city is generally regarded as the birthplace of mountain biking and attracts recreational cyclists from around the country. While Crested Butte is a relatively small city, many larger metro areas make the list as well like Arlington (#8), Manhattan (#12), and Seattle (#13).

In terms of the least bike-friendly cities, many larger cities with poor bike-friendly accessibility to key destinations top the list. Cities like Los Angeles (#1), Houston (#2), and Phoenix (#3) have low numbers of bike commuters, high cyclist fatality rates, and a lack of bike connectivity to locations like grocery stores and schools, making them less hospitable to cyclists.

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Which Countries Produce the Most Gemstones?

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Gems like rubies, emeralds, and diamonds are found in jewelry all over the world. Some countries are known for their prolific gemstone production. Do you know the countries are the biggest sources of each gemstone?

BriteCo, a jewelry insurance company, analyzed data from the U.S. Geological Survey and the International Gem Society to visualize the countries that produce the most of each type of gemstone.

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The graphic utilizes a world map to show which country produces the most of many different types of gems. The visualization also includes beautiful depictions of each gem included on the map as well as the kilograms of gemstones produced between 2016 and 2020.

These are the top-producing countries of some of the most popular gems:

  • Amethyst: Zambia (4,465,166 kilograms)
  • Diamond: Russia (22,720 kilograms)
  • Emerald: Zambia (129,400 kilograms)
  • Garnet: Tanzania (765,768 kilograms)
  • Pearl: Burma (9,245 kilograms)
  • Quartz: Brazil (69,830,000 kilograms)
  • Ruby: Tanzania (99,000 kilograms)
  • Sapphire: Kenya (45,339 kilograms)
  • Topaz: Nigeria (77,793 kilograms)
  • Turquoise: Iran (105,000 kilograms)

Overall, the top producer of gems around the world is Tanzania. The country is the top producer of six gemstones on the list (aquamarine, garnet, ruby, sunstone, tanzanite, and tourmaline). In fact, the name tanzanite was given to the gem by jewelry giant Tiffany & Co. in the 1960s to highlight how it can only be found in Tanzania. The mining area for tanzanite is just 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) long and 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) wide in the Manyara region of Tanzania. Tanzanite was named as a December birthstone in 2002 by the American Gem Trade Association.

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The Fastest Growing Sports in America 

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Classic sports like baseball, football, and basketball have long been some of the most popular sports in the United States. However, in recent years, other sports have been increasing in popularity. Researchers at ReCreate analyzed data from the Sports & Fitness Industry Association to create a graphic displaying the sports that are growing the fastest in the United States.

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The visualization lists the growth of each sport’s popularity in the last four years and color codes the information based on the type of sport (team sport, racket sport, winter sport, water sport, individual sport, or outdoor sport).

The sport that is growing fastest in the U.S. is pickleball, a racket sport similar to tennis that can be played both indoors and outdoors. Pickleball has seen a 171.1% increase in participation in the last four years and has an estimated 4.8 million players. It originally started in the 1960s as a children’s game but has since become very popular with adults as well. In 2022, it was named the state sport of Washington.

The second fastest-growing sport in America is alpine touring, which has increased 115% in popularity over the last four years. Alpine touring is a type of backcountry skiing that utilizes special bindings so participants can ascend hills with heels unlocked and lock heels back in to descend. This allows for mobility when climbing and safety when going downhill.

The third sport on the list is winter fat biking. This unique sport, which has increased in popularity by 69.4%, involves riding a bicycle with oversized wheels in the snow. The big wheels make it easier for riders to peddle through the slushy snow and terrain.

How many sports on this list have you played?

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The Most Promiscuous Countries in the World

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Wondering where in the world you’re most likely to get some action? The NapLab team created a Global Promiscuity Index that compares different factors including average number of sexual partners, STD rates, mean age when virginity was lost, and how much of the population finds premarital sex morally acceptable. See which country ranked highest!

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The visualization utilizes a heat map of the world to show which countries rank highest and lowest on the list. Underneath the world map is an explanation of how the scores were calculated as well as a breakdown of all the data for each country that is included.

The country that earned the top spot on the promiscuity list is Australia, with an index score of 360.14. The mean age that Australians lost their virginity is 17.9, and the average number of sexual partners is 13.3. 81% of people think that premarital sex between adults is not a moral issue. Prostitution is also legal in the country.

Of the 45 countries included in the graphic, the country that ranks last on the list is India. The mean age when residents lose their virginity is 22.9 and the average number of sexual partners is 3. Only 21% of people in India think that premarital sex is morally acceptable.

The following are the top scores for each of the factors included in the ranking:

  • Mean Age Virginity Was Lost: Iceland (15.6 years)
  • Average Number of Sexual Partners: Turkey (14.5)
  • STD Rate Per 100,000 People: South Africa (32,054)
  • Percentage of People Who Think Premarital Sex is Morally Acceptable: France (94%)

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