Monday, May 18, 2009

U.S. Bicycle Friendly State Rankings

The League of American Bicyclists released their second annual ranking of Bicycle Friendly States, scoring the 50 states on a 75-item questionnaire that evaluates a state's commitment to bicycling within six key areas: legislation, policies and programs, infrastructure, education and encouragement, evaluation and planning, and enforcement.

League President Andy Clarke said that "several states dramatically improved their ranking by updating their traffic codes, increasing the level of funding for bicycle improvements, implementing education programs aimed at cyclists and motorists, getting organized and hosting their first statewide bicycling conferences and events."

For 2009, the top five highest scoring states ranked one through five are: Washington, 1; Wisconsin, 2; Maine, 3; Oregon, 4; and Minnesota, 5. The lowest scoring states ranked 46 through 50 are: New Mexico, 46; Alaska, 47; Oklahoma, 48; Montana, 49; and Alabama, 50. A PDF file with complete list of state rankings is available at this link (40KB).

To learn more about the League's Bicycle Friendly State program, visit

The Bicycle Friendly State Program is supported by program partners Bikes Belong and Trek Bicycle.