(Courtesy Bicycle Colorado) The 2012 Bicycle-Friendly States Rankings
by the League of American Bicyclists show a big shift for Colorado. Our state ranked 4th this year, joining the top states for the first time since the rankings began in 2008.
Colorado climbed from 22th
place to where we sit now in just a few short years! The rankings are based on a number of key indicators, including infrastructure and funding that provide on-the-ground bicycle facilities; education and encouragement programs that promote cycling; and passage and enforcement of bicycle-friendly laws that make it safe and comfortable for people of all ages to ride.
The League’s release stated, “Colorado exemplifies many of the qualities the League looks for in a bicycle friendly state, including a bicycle commuter mode share that’s more than double the national average, a bike-friendly department of transportation, and a top-notch statewide advocacy group.”
Thanks to everyone for playing a part in Colorado’s success by riding your bike! Congratulations to Bicycle Colorado and our many local bike advocacy groups whose work helps to make our state a great place to ride.
For more information about the 2012 Bicycle-Friendly State Rankings, click here. To read Bicycle Colorado’s full announcement, click here.