The League of American Bicyclists has released their yearly list of the most bicycle friendly states in the nation. Where does your home state stack up?
Washington state, unsurprisingly, is number one for the sixth year in the row. But the League says there’s quite a few other states that have improved dramatically over the last year. Let’s hear it for Arizona, Delaware, Colorado and Oregon, all of which “charged” (the League’s word, not mine!) up into the Top Ten this year.
I’m happy to see some Western states moving up in the rankings. Colorado governor John Hickenlooper wants his state to be the healthiest in the nation and he sees encouraging bicycling as one way to do that:
“An important part of making Colorado the healthiest state is encouraging people to be more active in their everyday routines. We’re proud that our bicycle-friendly policies have skyrocketed Colorado’s rank up 20 places in just five years, and we are committed to being No. 1 in the near future.”
The League of American Bicyclists ranks states by five different criteria, including legislation and enforcement, policies and programs, evaluation and planning, education and encouragement, and infrastructure and funding. Here’s a detailed chart, if you’re a chart nerd:
Here’s the full ranking, uncharted (if you’re not a chart nerd)