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Washington ranked most friendly to bicycles

Mercer Island Reporter Staff
May 2, 2013 · Updated 11:19 AM

The League of American Bicyclists released it's latest Bicycle Friendly States rankings and Washington has ranked No. 1 for the sixth straight year.

The rankings are compiled from information including, infrastructure, funding for bicycle facilities, education programs which promote cycling and bicycle-friendly laws.

“We’re pleased to again be number one; bicycles play an important role in managing our transportation system,” said WSDOT Secretary Lynn Peterson. “As we continue to find efficiencies in our system, we look forward to partnering with organizations like the Bicycle Alliance of Washington to improve safety and grow bicycling statewide.”

“We’re proud of Washington’s continued recognition as one of the best places to bicycle in the entire country,” said Barb Chamberlain, executive director at the Bicycle Alliance of Washington.  “At the same time we will continue to work for improvement in how we identify and overcome barriers that keep people from riding, how we better collect and track data and then address issues around bicycle safety and collisions, and how we identify and prioritize opportunities for investment in non-motorized transportation.”

To see how the state ranked in the five categories and to learn more about the Bicycle Friendly States program, see www.bikeleague.org/states.

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