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California ranked 9th among Bicycle Friendly States

Posted: May 1, 2014 10:14 a.m.
Updated: May 1, 2014 10:14 a.m.

Sacramento – May 1, 2014 – Kicking off National Bike Month, the League of American Bicyclists has released its latest ranking of Bicycle Friendly States. In the seventh annual assessment, California achieved a #9 ranking nationally, an increase of ten ranks from last year and receiving 53.7 points out of 100.

"We are excited and encouraged to see real progress in states like California, Minnesota and Utah," said Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists. "Overall, we still see a lot of opportunity to realize the huge potential of bicycling to promote health, economic development, and quality of life."

The Bicycle Friendly States ranking is based on a number of key indicators, including infrastructure and funding that provide on-the-ground bicycle facilities; education and encouragement programs that promote bicycling; and passage and enforcement of bicycle-friendly laws that make it safe and comfortable for people of all ages to ride.

The California Department of Transportation’s recent endorsement of the NACTO Urban Streets Design Guide and last year’s passage of the “Three Feet for Safety Act” (going into effect this September) have helped make California more bike friendly than ever. The California Bicycle Coalition is supporting or working to pass multiple pieces of legislation to make it even better including:

The Vulnerable Road Users Act. Increases penalties against motorists whose traffic violation results in injury to any vulnerable road user.The Protected Bikeways Act. Requires Caltrans to develop standards for protected bikeways – so that we can finally have an infrastructure revolution.Hit and Run Reform. Requires 6 months driver's license suspension for hit-and-run perpetrators, same as for drunk drivers.

Better bikeways depend on two things: the right designs and enough funding to build them. California is getting better on both fronts," said Dave Snyder, executive director of the California Bicycle Coalition. "Caltrans has been updating its design manuals -- in fact it just endorsed the NACTO Urban Bikeways Design Guide -- and spending on biking and walking increased by 30% over 2012 levels." – Dave Snyder, Executive Director, California Bicycle Coalition

The BFS program is more than an annual assessment. Throughout the year, League staff will work actively with state officials and advocacy leaders to help identify and implement the programs, policies and campaigns that will improve conditions for bike riding.

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