In celebration of bike month and to advocate improved cycling infrastructure in America, League of American Bicyclists just released their list of US states classified by bike-friendliness. Used in ranking were the criterion – Legislation & Enforcement, Policies & Programs, Infrastructure & Funding, Education & Encouragement and Evaluation & Planning. Placing first through tenth – respectively – were Washington, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Colorado, Oregon, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Maryland, Maine, and Delaware.
Congratulating these states, LoAB wrote:
“Washington once again set a high bar in 2012. With support from the highest levels of government, the state leads the nation in creating new bicycle infrastructure and using federal funds for bicycle and pedestrian projects. In 2011, the state passed a safe passing / vulnerable user law, due in no small part to the efforts of the Cascade Bicycle Club and Bicycle Alliance of Washington, which have some of the highest advocacy capacity in the country.
Also on the right track, Colorado and Delaware rose to #4 and #10 respectively in the 2012 rankings. Colorado exemplifies many of the qualities the League looks for in a bicycle friendly state, including a bicycle commuter mode share that’s more than double the national average, a bike-friendly department of transportation, and a top-notch statewide advocacy group.”
Click ‘more’ for the full list of states…
- New Jersey
- New Hampshire
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
- Rhode Island
- South Dakota
- New York
- New Mexico
- West Virginia
- North Dakota
Check out the full report here.