Congratulations are due to Washington, Colorado, Oregon and Minnesota; those four states took home top rankings this year in the League of American Bicyclists’ annual Bicycle Friendly States appraisal. The winners were announced this morning.
Washington has held the top position for six years running. But there were a few shake-ups further down the list.
Delaware was one of the main up-and-comers, jumping from number ten to number 5. The Bike League’s blog praised Governor Jack Markell, along with the state legislature and advocacy organizations.
“The benefits of biking are countless, and that’s why I’m proud to support dedicated federal funding for biking and walking infrastructure,” U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) told the Bike League.
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, meanwhile, said his state is not satisfied with second place.
“An important part of making Colorado the healthiest state is encouraging people to be more active in their everyday routines,” Hickenlooper said. “We’re proud that our bicycle-friendly policies have skyrocketed Colorado’s rank up 20 places in just five years, and we are committed to being No. 1 in the near future.”
Among the other most-improved states were Illinois and Arizona.
Michael Sanders, the Arizona Department of Transportation bicycle and pedestrian coordinator, said his state has been studying bike collisions and developing ways to reduce them.
These testimonies from high-ranking political officials prove how effective the Bicycle Friendly State program is at incentivizing a little good-natured competition to make cycling easier, safer, and more convenient for everyone.
Here’s a preview of the top 15:
- 1. Washington
- 2. Colorado
- 3. Oregon
- 4. Minnesota
- 5. Delaware
- 6. Massachusetts
- 7. New Jersey
- 8. Wisconsin
- 9. Illinois
- 10. Arizona
- 11. Maryland
- 12. Michigan
- 13. Maine
- 14. Utah
- 15. Pennsylvania
A full list of state rankings is here [PDF].