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June 2014

Washington retains title as most bike friendly state

By NWREporter

June 2014

League of American BicyclistsWashington claimed top spot among all 50 states on a ranking by the League of American Bicyclists. That title marked the seventh consecutive year the state outscored its counterparts. Following Washington are Minnesota, Wisconsin, Delaware, Oregon and Colorado.

States were evaluated on several criteria, including legislation and enforcement; policies and programs; infrastructure and funding; education and encouragement; and evaluation and planning. Communities, businesses and universities also participate in the voluntary assessment, which includes customized feedback for each applicant and access to technical assistance.

The announcement of "most friendly bicycle state" coincided with the start of a statewide, month-long observance as Bike Month. In a proclamation commemorating the occasion, Gov. Jay Inslee said: "As a bike rider I get to see firsthand all that Washington has done to make bicycling part of a sustainable transportation system," Inslee said, in a statement, "Bicycling helps make healthy communities, healthy people and a rich quality of life. There's always more to do, but being named the most bike friendly state shows we are moving on the right path."

The nonprofit League of American Bicyclists strives to create safer roads, stronger communities, and a bicycle-friendly America. Its activities include information, advocacy and promotion of the benefits of cycling.