Where does your state rank in the 2017 Bicycle Friendly State Ranking?
Next week we will release the 2017 Bicycle Friendly State Ranking. Since we didn’t publish a ranking in 2016, here’s a recap of why we took a year off and how the program has changed over that time
What did the League do over the last year?
The League of American Bicyclists listened to our state advocacy organizations, the state Departments of Transportation, and our members to improve the Bicycle Friendly State program. This process involved several surveys, over 700 comments and an in-person listening session at the 2016 National Bike Summit. The outcome was a significantly revised Bicycle Friendly State survey and ranking rubric that we hope will be easier to understand and better at informing local actions to improve bicycling.
How has the program changed for 2017?
For 2017, each state will receive a Bicycle Friendly State Report Card that is at least two pages long. This additional length allows us to report detailed scores for each of our five categories and provide a level of transparency that has not been possible in the past.
In addition, we have produced a Guide that provides an explanation of each data source and calculation used to create the Bicycle Friendly State Report Card.
Numbers to Know about the 2017 Bicycle Friendly State ranking:
106 = The number of data points analyzed to create the 2017 Bicycle Friendly State ranking, a two-thirds reduction from previous rankings.
46 = The number of states that fully completed the survey used as part of the 2017 Bicycle Friendly State ranking process.
5 = The number of Bicycle Friendly Actions tracked and reported for each state, these are the key indicators that the League believes show a state’s commitment to improving bicycling.
1 = The number of states ranked first overall. For all the caveats about comparability and the closeness of some state scores, the Bicycle Friendly State ranking is a ranking and there are no ties. While we invite you to use the improved reporting and report cards to better understand how each state compares to others and to understand the limitations of a ranking, all states are ranked 1-50.
What to expect next:
Check out our blog on October 25 shortly after 9 a.m. ET to find out each state’s ranking. You’ll be able to find the ranking, report cards for each state and the Guide.
If you would like to keep track of results, scores, and rankings, follow us on Twitter (@BikeLeague), Facebook and Instagram. Look for the hashtag #bikestaterank and feel free to retweet and share our posts or generate your own using the hashtag. Help draw attention to each state’s efforts to build a Bicycle Friendly America for Everyone!