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Walk Score has just launched Bike Score, further demonstrating that bikers and pedestrians don't have to live in eternal conflict. Chicago ranks 10th among major cities, with a score of 62 or solidly 'bikeable'. The 0-100 scale is based on four equally-weighted components: 1) Bike lanes. 2) Hills. 3) Destinations and road connectivity. 4) Bike commuting mode share. We'd hazard to guess that Chicago absolutely killed in the hill component, but may have lost some ground in commuting mode share. Minneapolis took the prize, Portland was second, and San Fran third (somehow, despite the forbidding terrain). And since when are Madison and Tucson considered major cities? We really hope they'll iron things out as the data grows. [Walk Score, photo: Simon King/Flickr Creative Commons]