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According to the League of American Bicyclists, California ranks as the 20th most bike friendly state in the U.S.
Our report card from the league looks like that of a smart but troubled teenager. It includes an “A” for Legislation, a “B” for Policies and Programs, an “F” for Infrastructure, a “C” for Education & Encouragement, a “D” for Evaluation & Planning, and a “D” for Enforcement.
The top ranked communities in the state include Davis (Platinum), San Francisco (Gold), and Palo Alto (Gold). Sacramento, Folsom, Santa Cruz, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara all received Silver rankings. Nearly 20 other communities received Bronze status.
For top-ranked Davis, the most compelling community statistic cited by the league is that 14% of the city’s commuters are rolling on two wheels— or roughly 35 times the national average.
The top states in the rankings include a number of cold-weather states: 1, Washington; 2, Maine; 3, Wisconsin; 4, Minnesota; 5, New Jersey.
Just ahead of California, are Vermont, Arizona, Wyoming, Delaware and Indiana. Clearly, California can do better.
For more info, check out bikeleague.org.