The League of American Bicyclists released its annual Bicycle Friendly State rankings Monday to kick off the first day of National Bike to Work Week, May 11th – 17th. For the eighth year in a row, Washington was named the most bicycle-friendly state in the country; while Minnesota retained its number two position for the second year; and other states like Massachusetts and Utah rose in the ranking.
The rankings are based on policies and infrastructure funding strategies that encourage people to get on bicycles. Surveys are completed by state transportation departments and bicycling advocates that assess progress in five categories (PDF): legislation and enforcement, policies and programs, infrastructure and funding, education and encouragement, and evaluation and planning.
Bike-friendly Minnesota (PDF) was runner-up for the second year for meeting much of the same criteria. It’s also one of 25 states that has enacted a safe-passing law requiring drivers to maintain a distance of at least 3 feet when passing a cyclist.
President Andy Clarke said the league was encouraged to see “measurable progress and improvement in many states, citing Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Utah as examples of states that have made gains through state-funded projects related to cycling infrastructure.
“We hope to see continued improvements as more statewide leaders recognize and invest in the many benefits bicycling has to offer,” Clarke said in a statement.
The complete rankings are as follow:
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- Rhode Island
- New Hampshire
- New York
- South Dakota
- North Dakota
- New Mexico
- West Virginia
- South Carolina
Source: League of American Bicyclists