Washington is the bike-friendliest stateOctober 29th, 2013 by tristan baurick
The League of American Bicyclists has given Washington the edge over Colorado for the most bicycle-friendly state in the U.S.
The league’s biannual Bicycle Friendly Community rankings are based on a host of factors, including the percentage of state highways with shoulders, the strength of cyclist rights and regional bike planning efforts.
Washington’s highest rankings were in the “legislation and enforcement” and “education and encouragement” categories. The state scored highly thanks, in part, to strong cyclist protection laws, bicycle education for police, a bicycle emphasis in state highway planning and the presence of bicycle advocacy groups that tackle statewide issues.
Bainbridge Island was one of about 300 places listed among the nation’s top bicycle-friendly communities.
Ten other Washington cities made the league’s list. Bainbridge was the only one in Kitsap County.
Seattle earned a gold rating; Bellingham, Olympia, Port Townsend and Redmond earned Silver; Anacortes, Snohomish, Spokane, Tacoma, Vancouver and Bainbridge earned bronze.
Only four cities in the nation earned platinum ratings. They are Portland, Ore., Davis, Calif., Boulder, Colo. and Fort Collins, Colo.