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Washington: The best state for cyclists

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on Sep. 10, 2008 at 7:21 am with No Comments »
September 10, 2008 7:21 am

Apparently Washington is most bike friendly state in the country.


That’s according to the League of American Bicyclists, a Washington D.C.-based cycling advocacy group. The group recently released a ranking of the top states.


The criteria for the rankings included responses to questionnaires, legistlation, policies, programs, infrastructure, education and many other factors.


Washington was followed by Wisconsin, Arizona and Oregon.


"While every state has room to improve in making bicycling a preferred mode of transportation and accessible form of recreation, Washington is making the greatest strides to make this a reality," said Andy Clarke, the league’s president, in a prepared statement.


The organization credited Washington bike laws, maps, a growing trail network and state funding for cycling related programs for its high ranking.


West Virginia finished last on the list.


This is the first time the organization has ranked the states, but it plans to do the rankings each year.




















































































































































































































RANK STATE
1 Washington
2 Wisconsin
3 Arizona
4 Oregon
5 Minnesota
6 Maine
7 Illinois
8 New

Hampshire
9 New

Jersey
10 Michigan
11 Utah
12 North

Carolina
13 Hawaii
14 California
15 South

Carolina
16 Massachusets
17 Vermont
18 Wyoming
19 Nevada
20 Florida
21 Iowa
22 Nevada
23 Virginia
24 Indiana
25 Kansas
26 Louisiana
27 Rhode

Island
28 Kentucky
29 Missouri
30 Texas
31 Delaware
32 Ohio
33 Nebraska
34 New

York
35 Maryland
36 Tennessee
37 Idaho
38 Pennsylvania
39 Arkansas
40 Alaska
41 Connecticut
42 Oklahoma
43 South

Dakota
44 Montana
45 New

Mexico
46 North

Dakota
47 Mississippi
48 Alabama
49 Georgia
50 West

Virginia








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