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Washington Tops Bicycle Friendly State List

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bicycle friendly state ranking program from league of american bicyclists

…and Alabama brings up the rear in the League of American Bicyclists‘ annual ranking.

The Bicycle Friendly State program is a ranking and award designation program the recognizes states that actively support bicycling.  Modeled after the successful Bicycle Friendly Community program, Bicycle Friendly State is part of the League of American Bicyclists’ mission to create a Bicycle Friendly America. A Bicycle Friendly State provides safe accommodation for cycling and encourages its residents to bike for transportation and recreation.

The program is supported by Bikes Belong and Trek Bicycles.

Hit ‘more’ to see where your state landed on the list…

Below is the overall rank.  To see a comparative rank versus 2008 and how each state fared in different categories (legislation, policy, infrastructure, education, evaluation and enforcement), click here for a PDF.


1. Washington – Silver*
2. Wisconsin – Silver* 
3. Maine  
4. Oregon  
5. Minnesota – Bronze*
6. Iowa  
7. Arizona – Bronze* 
8. New Hampshire
9. Delaware  
10. New Jersey  
11. Wyoming  
12. Illinois  
13. Colorado  
14. California  
15. Michigan  
16. Maryland  
17. Missouri  
18. Utah  
19. Massachusetts
20. North Carolina
21. Vermont  
22. Hawaii  
23. Virginia  
24. Mississippi  
25. Nevada  
26. South Carolina
27. Kentucky  
28. South Dakota  
29. Indiana  
30. Louisiana  
31. Georgia  
32. Florida  
33. Kansas  
34. Idaho  
35. Rhode Island  
36. Texas  
37. Nebraska  
38. Arkansas  
39. Ohio  
40. Pennsylvania  
41. New York  
42. West Virginia  
43. Tennessee  
44. Connecticut  
45. North Dakota  
46. New Mexico  
47. Alaska  
48. Oklahoma  
49. Montana  
50. Alabama

* States which have recieved recognition through the BFS award program.

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15 years ago

I do not trust this list because it is based on “accommodation for cycling” instead of actual riding conditions. For example, US Government statistics show that Florida has by far the highest per-capita bicyclist fatality rate. Why aren’t they lower on this list?

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