Washington Leads For Bicycle Friendly America

Washington Leads For Bicycle Friendly America
Washington Leads For Bicycle Friendly America

The state of Washington leads the way for Bicycle Friendly America. For the past four years it has ranked number 1 with high grades in legislation, policies and programs, infrastructure, education and encouragement as decided by the League of American Bicyclists

The results were released Monday [.PDF] showing that Maine has been working hard over the past four years to work their way up to second. In 2009, they sneaked past Arizona, Oregon and Minnesota. Wisconsin was slacking for the first time in the four years they’ve been applying for the award. This year they sank to third on the ranking decided by the League.

Earlier this month the League released their results for Washington’s bicycle friendly communities. Leading the way was Bellingham followed up by Seattle and the Olympia. Tied along with Bainbridge for the bronze medal was Port Townsend, Redmond and Spokane. We earned a star for engineering, but other categories like education, encouragement, enforcement and evaluation were lacking immensely.

What neighborhood in Spokane is the best for bicycling?

For Giggles: Arizona saw the biggest drop in ranking. In four years they went from third to 16th. Any guesses why?