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Bicycle Friendly States Ranking Announced!
We're celebrating the first day of National Bike Month with our new Bicycle Friendly States ranking.
For the sixth year in a row, Washington continues to lead the nation, with high performance in all categories. But up-and-coming states -- including Delaware, Illinois and Arizona -- charged up the ranking in 2013, shaking up the top 10.
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"We're encouraged to see significant progress in top states like Washington, Delaware, Colorado and Oregon," says League President, Andy Clarke. "But as the scores clearly highlight, there's much work to be done in critical areas like infrastructure and planning in every state."
The 2013 Bicycle Friendly State ranking is now even more comprehensive, capturing more information than ever before and delving more deeply into the issues embedded in becoming a more bicycle friendly state.
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Click here to see the state report cards.
Delaware took a leap in the 2013 ranking, moving from No. 10 to No. 5 in just one year. U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) praised Governor Jack Markell, the state legislature, congressional delegation, advocacy organizations and the people of the First State for prioritizing biking.
"Creating more walkable and bikeable communities boosts air quality by reducing the amount of time cars and trucks idle on our roadways releasing harmful emissions." Sen. Carper said. "Biking also helps decongest our transportation system, allowing individuals to spend more time working or relaxing with their families instead of wasting time and money sitting in traffic. The benefits of biking are countless, and that's why I'm proud to support dedicated federal funding for biking and walking infrastructure, as well as the efforts of the League of American Bicyclists and others to promote biking as an invaluable piece of the American transportation system."
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Also making a strong showing in this year's rank is Colorado -- and Gov. John Hickenlooper says he plans to be No. 1 very soon.
"An important part of making Colorado the healthiest state is encouraging people to be more active in their everyday routines," Hickenlooper said. "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."
In the Southwest, Arizona moved back into the top 10. Among other strides, the state completed its Bicycle Safety Action plan to improve bicyclist safety on Arizona's highways.
"The goal is to reduce the number of bicyclist fatalities and injury crashes with motor vehicles," said Michael Sanders, Arizona Department of Transportation's bicycle and pedestrian program coordinator. "We 'crash-typed' nearly 750 reported crashes that occurred over a five-year period to better define the sequence of actions leading to the collision. For example, we found that over half of all crashes occurred while a motorist was making a right turn. The Plan consists of action items addressing potential changes to policies and education programs, or new tools, such as bicycle road safety audit guidelines, to improve bicyclist safety."
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Learn more about the BFS program at www.bikeleague.org/states.