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May 14, 2014by Ken McLeodThe Infrastructure & Funding category has long been one of the lower scoring categories that make up our Bicycle Friendly State rankings. In this category we ask tough questions about the infrastructure that is actually on the ground, the money from state and federal programs actually committed to bicycling and walking, and state goals and policies that affect funding and building decisions....
May 9, 2014by Ken McLeodOur Evaluation & Planning category showed the second best improvement of any Bicycle Friendly State category this year. This looks at how states plan to accommodate and protect bicyclists. To have good plans and ensure that they are working this category also looks at measurables – such as bicycle commuting rates and bicycle fatalities. This year, we saw a lot of improvement among states that...
May 7, 2014by Ken McLeodLast week, we announced our 2014 Bicycle Friendly State Ranking and, to give you greater insight into the annual assessment, we're breaking down each of the categories and identifying key trends. Education & Encouragement is a category in which many states excel. This can be seen in the strong growth in Signs of Success associated with the Education & Encouragement category.
May 6, 2014by Ken McLeodEvery year the Bicycle Friendly State ranking collects information and grades states on the laws that govern bicyclists and motorists. Many of the questions in this category are on basic laws and states tend to do well on those basic questions. These questions allow us to provide up-to-date information on state laws throughout the nation. We also try to recognize trends in laws due to local...
May 5, 2014by Andy ClarkeThe simple answer is “yes,” there are lots of great places to ride in Washington State and it is indeed the most Bicycle Friendly State for the sixth straight year. At the same time, every state has great places to ride and I certainly wouldn’t discourage you from riding in Montana or Alabama, which ended up at the bottom of the rankings this year.
May 1, 2014by Carolyn SzczepanskiOn the first day of National Bike Month, the League has released its 2014 Bicycle Friendly StateSM ranking. For the seventh year in a row, Washington continues to lead the nation, but states like Utah, Minnesota and California moved up the ranking in 2014, shaking up the top 10. How does your state rank? Read more...