Safe Routes Scoop

Congratulations NJ! The State is Ranked #9 in the Nation for Bike Friendliness

What exactly makes a state bicycle friendly? The task of answering this question was recently taken on by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB.) This past September, the League announced its first annual ranking of states under the Bicycle Friendly State program, following in the footsteps of the League’s successful Bicycle Friendly Communities program. In a comparison of all 50 states, New Jersey gained the distinction of ranking ninth in the nation as a bicycle friendly state.

 

In addition to the ranking process, the Bicycle Friendly State Program acknowledges states that actively support bicycling as a way of addressing climate change, traffic congestion, obesity and high fuel prices. States are evaluated based on their encouragement of bicycling through legislation, policies and programs, education and encouragement, availability of places to ride, and planning efforts.  Specifically, a Bicycle Friendly State is one that provides safe accommodation for cycling and encourages its residents to bike not only for recreation, but for general transportation as well.

 

Through the Bicycle Friendly State’s initiative and its sister programs, Bicycle Friendly Communities and Bicycle Friendly Businesses, the League is working to alter how communities view their quality of life

and transportation choices. Ultimately, the League aims to improve both traffic safety and economic development through a bicycle friendly America.

 

About The League
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the League of American Bicyclists was founded in 1880 as the League of American Wheelmen (LAW) and helped to unite Americans who had a love of cycling. After several reincarnations, LAW officially changed its name to the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) in 1994 and has maintained a focus on education and advocacy. LAB’s core mission is “to promote bicycling for fun, fitness, and transportation and work through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America.” The League brings together more than 300,000 affiliated cyclists, including 40,000 individual members and 600 member organizations.

 

The League operates six programs: Bike Education, Bicycle Friendly America, Bike Advocacy, Bike Month, Safe Routes to School and the Share the Road Campaign. The Bike Education program teaches cyclists to ride safely and advises motorists to share the road. The Bike Advocacy program works in conjunction with America Bikes to advocate for the rights of bicyclists throughout the country. Similarly, the Share the Road campaign empowers cyclists to protect their rights by standing up

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