For the first time, states are now being ranked according to how well they accommodate bicycling:
The League of American Bicyclists has announced our first annual ranking of Bicycle Friendly States, scoring all 50 states on more than 70 factors. The states were scored on responses to a questionnaire evaluating their commitment to bicycling and covering 6 key areas: legislation; policies and programs; infrastructure; education and encouragement; evaluation and planning; and enforcement.
Andy Clarke, president of the League, said, “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.” Clarke points to Washington’s model bike laws, signed and mapped statewide bike route network, dedicated funding from the state for bicycle related programs and projects, and an active statewide bicycle advisory committee as a few examples of why Washington ranked the highest.
Michigan is near the top at number 12. The reasoning cited was:
Michigan has a rumble strip policy with a minimum 4 feet of clearance and dedicated state funding for bicycle projects. However, there is no routine accomodation or complete streets policy.
There is a very cool interactive map on-line they lets you easily compare states by clicking on them.
2008 State Rankings
9 New Jersey
10 New Hampshire
13 North Carolina
15 South Carolina
27 Rhode Island
34 New York
41 South Dakota
45 New Mexico
46 North Dakota
50 West Virginia