Washington is No. 1 state for bicyclists — again
May 29, 2012
NEW — 6 a.m. May 29, 2012
Washington is the Most Bicycle Friendly State again.
The ranking from the League of American Bicyclists honors a strong commitment to bicycling through policies and programs. The honor marks the fifth consecutive year the Evergreen State has clinched the No. 1 spot.
The league rates states based on bike-friendly legislation, policies and programs, education, places to ride and planning. Washington scored consistently high in all ranking evaluation categories.
“With support from the highest levels of government, (Washington) leads the nation in creating new bicycle infrastructure and using federal funds for bicycle and pedestrian projects,” the league noted in the announcement.
Statewide, the number of people bicycling has increased 116 percent in the last decade, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures.
The announcement comes as Washington celebrates National Bike Month in May and encourages citizens to bicycle to work, on errands and for recreation.
“We’re fortunate to have partnerships on many levels that support and encourage bicycling in our state,” said Kathleen Davis, director of Highways and Local Programs for the state Department of Transportation. “It’s through this communitywide collaboration with advocacy groups, community leaders and elected officials, that Washington has earned this recognition as a national leader.”