Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on May 23rd, 2008 at 4:29 pm
The League of American Bicyclists has just launched their Bicycle Friendly States program.
Similar to their successful Bicycle Friendly Communities program this new campaign will look to “rank and recognize states that actively support bicycling.” Here’s more from the League’s website:
“First, states are ranked annually based on their level of bike-friendliness. Secondly, states that wish to apply for a Bicycle Friendly State award designation can receive further recognition and promotion of their efforts as well as feedback, technical assistance, training and further encouragement to improve their bicycling legislation, projects, and programs.”
I don’t have many details yet (it was just pointed out to me by a reader — thanks Jessica!), but I’m sure Oregon will be one of the first states to apply.
And in case you’re wondering, yes, I do think Oregon is the most bike-friendly state (next week I’ll list all the reasons why). Remember back in April of 2007 when the League’s executive director Andy Clarke (speaking at the Oregon Bike Summit) said:
“Oregon is setting the standard and leading the country in innovative policies and programs for bicycling.”
What states do you think can compete with Oregon for the “most bike-friendly” title?