Washington state is ranked, for the seventh year in a row, the most
bike-friendly state. This according to the League of American Bicyclists and
and its affiliated anonymous adjudicators. The governor of The Evergreen State
declared "As a bike rider I get to see firsthand all that Washington
has done to make bicycling part of a sustainable transportation system.
Bicycling helps make healthy communities, healthy people and a rich
quality of life. There's always more to do, but being named the most
bike-friendly state shows we are moving on the right path." Read more.
New Jersey has dropped from 7th to 12th place in the rankings since
last year, with a score of 53 points compared to Washington's 67. But
things could be way worse: Alabama jumped by 41% but still has the
fewest points (17) - and are the veritable lanterne rouge (crimson?) of
this race! North Dakota, home state of US Bicycling Hall-of-Famer Andy Hampsten,
rose an amazing 279%, climbing from dead last to 35th place, as if
tutored in climbing technique by Andy Hampsten himself.
Speaking of Washington State, here is the description of NYT journalist
Bruce Weber as he traversed the Palouse region during his cross-country ride.