2011 Bicycle Friendly State Rankings

BFS Rankings

The League of American Bicyclists’ 2011 Bicycle Friendly State rankings have been announced. Washington came out on top again, followed by Maine and Wisconsin. Second place Maine was the only state to get better than a “C” ranking for infrastructure, with a large majority getting an “F”. Adequate infrastructure is so important (particularly for new riders), but unfortunately it’s still sorely lacking in many areas of the country.

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8 Responses to “2011 Bicycle Friendly State Rankings”

  • Dave Schlabowske says:

    The infrastructure rankings are no longer as much about what is already built in a state, but more how they spend money on infrastructure. It is pretty complicated and wonky, but I explained in detail why Wisconsin went from 2nd to 3rd given the League’s new system for grading the infrastructure catagory. If you like wonky stuff, you can read about it here: http://overthebarsinmilwaukee.wordpress.com/2011/05/25/wisconsin-slips-to-3-explained/

  • dominic furfaro says:

    To D S.

    A survey to rank states is too broad and is of little relative value. For example rural states may have great deserted roads to travel and get a low ranking. States that include a bicycling population, bicycle and part distribution and bicycle related businesses seem to rank higher. What that might suggest are certain advocates will draw boundaries to hype these few areas and drum up categories like infrastructure and enforcement as a means to promote their agenda. As you have mentioned there is a wonky formula to contend with. Just speaking for myself there is something missing with this expert opinion. My question is. Where is the fun factor in this survey?
    Bike riding is not why we ride but how we roll. The falling numbers of participants since 1995 should be a call for a different strategy. What that might be is to add soul to the equation.

  • Eric says:

    In what universe is Massachusetts ranked higher than Colorado? All of these studies are worthless in that they fail to take into account subtleties such as “the percentage of drivers who secretly (or not) dream about running down cyclists” or “the number of days out of the year is cycling impossible due to piles of snow in the street”

  • Pirate Velo says:

    Iowa representing at number 6. Woot!

  • Woz says:

    Eric: Maybe the same universe where Martin Erzinger ran down Dr. Steven Milo in Colorado and left him for dead, but after being caught and charged, managed to get the Deputy District Attorney Mark Brostrom to let him off because a criminal record would be a liability for his job as a Wall Street Wealth Advisor.

  • Jaron says:

    I’m kind of surprised by this list. I keep hearing Florida is a bicycling nightmare while Oregon (or at least Portland) is paradise for bike commuters. I’ve read Seattle is mediocre, but maybe elsewhere in Washington is better? I don’t really know; I live in California, which is a fairly schizophrenic place when it comes to bicycling – my town hosted the start of a leg of the Amgen TOC but has no direct pedestrian or bicycle rout connecting the northern part of town with the southern part, just a dangerous four lane highway. Seems like this list is’nt very useful when you consider the vast differences within a state, unfortunately. Just my $.02.

  • Matthew says:

    Have they ever been to Oregon? What the what??? It’s garbage on an Excel spreadsheet. How does Nebraska earn 45th with all F’s? Nothing against Nebraska and all things corn related.
    Wonky indeed!

  • Doug Robertson says:

    Wisconsin #3 and Minnesota #4? As I leave my house on my bike in Minnesota, I can see Wisconsin across the St Louis River from my front yard. You’d think from these rankings I’d have it made as bike commuter. I ride all city streets to and from work, not a single bike lane or path anywhere. I question the usefulness of these rankings for a bike commuter like myself. Sure, Wisconsin and Minnesota have two wonderful BFC’s in Madison and Minneapolis. Sure they have a lot of Rail to Trails pathways. I don’t see how that helps me get to work safely? If it weren’t for all the bicycle infrastructure spending in Minneapolis, would Minnesota even be in the top ten? And sure, it’s great biking in Minneapolis, but where is St Paul on that list?

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