The Bicycle Friendly State℠ program is designed to establish best practices — we know every state has great riding opportunities, dedicated state-agency staff, determined advocates and cyclists of all stripes working to make a state great for cycling.
The League annually ranks all 50 states on how bikeable they are. We do this based on a multi-faceted Bicycle Friendly State℠ (BFS℠) questionnaire that is answered by each state’s Bicycle Coordinator.
Because of an overlap in data collected for the League's Bicycle Friendly States program and the Alliance for Biking and Walking's Benchmarking Report, the League and Alliance partnered in 2012 and merged the two state surveys to eliminate redundancy and simplify the process for respondents.
The data collected is verified by League staff in concert with advocates in each state. States that continue to promote bicycling and improve conditions can expect to improve their scores.
The BFS annual ranking measures the states bikeability but does not include everything states can and should do for bicycling. The BFS ranking process illustrates general performance needs.
Traditionally, the BFS rankings show that there are fantastic efforts to emulate and there is still a lot of work to be done to increase bikeability in states – from the bottom to the top of the BFS ranked list.
What makes a bicycle friendly state?