Washington ranks as friendliest state for bicyclists

May 25, 2010

By Staff

For the third consecutive year, the League of American Bicyclists ranked Washington as the No. 1 Bicycle Friendly State.

The ranking honors a strong commitment to bicycling through policies and programs. State officials announced the award on Bike to Work Day, May 21.

“For Washington to have a 21st century transportation system, we need to give people transportation choices,” Gov. Chris Gregoire said in a news release. “Bicycling is an important part of this and it’s an honor to be recognized for the third year in a row for our commitment and efforts to make Washington bicycle friendly.”

The league rates states based on their support of bicycling through legislation, policies and programs, education, places to ride and planning. Washington scored consistently high in all ranking evaluation categories.

“Being recognized as a leader for three years in a row reflects the strong partnerships that have been forged over the years, as well as the smart investments that have been made at the local, regional and state level,” state Secretary of Transportation Paula Hammond said in the release. “In Washington, bicycling plays an important role in our overall transportation system, giving people choices for

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One Response to “Washington ranks as friendliest state for bicyclists”

  1. Ronald Bryson on May 26th, 2010 12:24 pm

    I would be interested to learn more about the selection criteria. For example does off road trails factor into the evaluation and how does low travel rural routes compare with bike lanes in urban domains, etc.

    Ron Bryson,
    A South Carolina Resident

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