Videos: Best bicycling states of 2013 -- and why Colorado finished near the top

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The League of American Bicyclists is out with its list of the best states for cycling -- and Colorado finished in impressive fashion.

Not that the League thinks any state has achieved perfection when it comes to welcoming and protecting cyclists. In our top ten list below, we've included the organization's report cards -- things that can be done to make the cycling experience even better -- along with videos from each state and the complete fifty-state rundown. Check it all out below.

Number 10: Arizona

• Adopt a vulnerable road user law that increases penalties for a motorist that injures
or kills a bicyclist or pedestrian.

• Develop a Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) curriculum for bicycling enforcement both for new officers and continuing education -- focus on laws related to bicyclists, interactions between motorists and bicyclists, and bicycle collision investigation.

• Integrate bicycle enforcement training into the police academy curriculumfor new officers.

• Adopt a statewide, all-ages cell phone and texting ban to combat distracted driving
and increase safety for everyone.

• Collect data regarding enforcement actions against motorists based on incidents with bicycles,such as traffic tickets issued, prosecutions, or convictions.

• Create a system of state bike routes that are safe (e.g.wide shoulders, bike lanes, etc.), connect to destinations, and are suitable for all types of bicyclists.

• Dedicate state funding for bicycle projects and programs, especially those focused
on safety and eliminating gaps and increasing access for bicycle networks.

• Hold a state bicycle summit with opportunities for professional development, contact with elected officials, and networking.

• Add bicycle safety as an emphasis area in the state Strategic Highway Safety Plan and aggressively fund bike safety projects.

• Ensure that bicycle safety is amajor emphasis in all transportation projects, programs and policies to address this issue.

Number 9: Illinois

• Adopt performance measures,such as a low percentage of exempted projects, to better track and support Complete Streets/Bike Accommodation Policy compliance.

• Adopt federal funding project rating criteria that incentivize bicycle projects and accommodations, particularly in road projects.At least 80% of TA should be spend on bike/ped projects.

• Aggressively partner with bicycle advocates to promote the online bike safety learning quizzes for adult cyclists, motorists, and child cyclists,which are currently being developed.Ideally, the quizzes should be included in PE learning standards, and be routinely used in traffic school and drivers education programs.

• Collect data regarding enforcement actions against motorists based on incidents with bicycles, such as traffic tickets issued, prosecutions, or convictions.The new bike safety quizzes could be used as diversion or education tool.

• Add bicycle safety as an emphasis area in the state Strategic Highway Safety Plan and aggressively fund bike safety projects taking advantage of HSIP/402 funding.

• Adopt performance measures to decrease bicycle fatalities.Ensure that bicycle safety is a major emphasis in all transportation projects, programs and policies to address this issue.

• Adopt a statewide, all-ages cell phone ban to combat distracted driving and increase safety for everyone.

• Adopt amode share goal for biking to encourage the integration of bicycle transportation needs into all transportation and land use policy and project decisions.

• Since arterial and collectorroads are the backbone of every transportation network, it is essential to provide adequate bicycle facilities along these roads.

Continue to keep counting down the best bicycling states of 2013 -- and to see where Colorado finished.

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23 comments
trojon666
trojon666

Listen. I been riding bikes in an urban setting for decades. Mostly in LA and here in Cow Town. IF you have a loved one who is riding a bike, tell them ... get off the street and ride on the sidewalk. IF you ride long enough on the street, you WILL get hit by a car. It's only a matter of time. IT is guaranteed!


Sure, riding a bike on the sidewalk is illegal. But it's a minor infraction when you consider how dangerous riding a bike on street is. Ride on the sidewalk and give the pedestrians and skate boarders a wide berth and you won't have problems. Be courteous.  

I used to run in the street cause I liked it better than running on the sidewalk. I'd run where the bike lane would be. I stopped cause ... I got hit by a car. The street is a mean place.

I've been hit by a car while on the sidewalk ... sure. On a bike and walking down the sidewalk merrily. Cars pulling out of their driveway, blindly, is always a hazard. But those kinds of collisions with cars are survivable. Car that run you down from behind in the street? The odds are ... you are going to die or be really jacked up.

And the worst part? Get this ... after they run you down ... they run like deer never to be seen again.       

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

I've noticed by the ranking system that what makes a good bicycling state is how socialist it is. Thus, it blows my mind that Colorado ranked so highly.

Joe America
Joe America

I just honk at them while giving the finger.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

Wow, as if it was predicted.  I'm wondering if "Daily_Bike_Rider" and "jmpmk2" see their responses as elitist with just the right amount of 'sense of ownership'.  I bet they are liberals.  They certainly have the self-righteous, sense of entitlement down pat.  And 'daily' - will you be shooting pedestrians that have the audacity to get in your way as well?   

Daily_Bike_Rider
Daily_Bike_Rider

Perhaps it's time to enact legislation that puts asshole car drivers in jail for 5 years when they try to 'punish' a cyclist because they're riding in the street.

You douche nozzles are incredibly selfish and the rage that you exhibit because there's a bicycle on the road leads one to believe that society would be better off if you were no longer allowed to be among the rest of us.

Or perhaps more of us cyclists should just start to carry a weapon with us. Colorado does have a 'Make My Day' law and if I feel you are attempting to take my life, I would be more than justified in literally taking yours.

Assholes, the lot of you.

jmpmk2
jmpmk2

I very occasionally drive my car, and I find it hilarious how defensive the automobile crowd gets during these discussions.  The personal automobile needs to be a thing of the past as we embrace urban living as a sustainable lifestyle; and in the meantime, it's nearly effortless to share the road with a cyclist.

Bicycles and public transportation are a better means of traversing a city in just about every regard, and would be even more effective if they weren't inhibited by the ridiculous traffic signs necessary to direct automobiles.  The sooner drivers realize how much of a burden they are on progress, the sooner we can start designing urban areas more efficiently.

Thank you to the gentleman the other night, who drove slowly behind us with his horn blaring for nearly a minute, as we rode single-file down the right-most side of a designated bike path (complete with bicycle logo indicator).  The situation culminated with the car recklessly cutting off another car to "pass" us, and its passengers screaming "Get a job!" as if lack of employment prevented me from driving my car -- not the exercise, free parking, and a healthy concern for the environment affected my the pollution a automobile creates.

This problem is one-sided.

Randall Frazier
Randall Frazier

if in the mountains, make them wear deer antlers on their helmets and spandex with a fur pattern design. everybody knows you aren't really in a race, nor will you ever be, so you don't need all those sponsors on your little skinsuit.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

I drive a car, walk a great deal and ride my bike regularly.  I have noticed that many "bikers" (usually the ones with the gaudy outfits and road bikes) think they are elitists.  When they are on the roads, they do not follow the 'rules of the road', but have nothing but disdain for motorists.  When they are on the trails and sidewalks, they treat pedestrians like unwanted impediments to their sense of ownership.    

IZen
IZen

Yea, and make them pull off the road when cars approach because cars rule and cyclists are second class citizens, acting all un-american by not burning their own weight in gasoline weekly.

Nick Murphy
Nick Murphy

Yea let them use the sidewalks they aren't being use by anyone

Sean Miller
Sean Miller

Like Megan said but more. Train them on the rules of the road thoroughly. Issue tickets more often to them with hefty fines. Stop diminishing the size of roads with a bike lane where there is a bike path along the same road. Stop allowing them to ride dangerous roads as dictated by the towns government. Stop allowing them to be the "victim" every time in the news when they get hit. Start to tell the truth in the news that most bicycle accidents are actually the bike riders fault for not obeying the rules of the road. Etc etc

Megan Haenny
Megan Haenny

Yeah... remind cyclists that the road is for cars too. And the road signs apply to them. What happened to courtesy from bicyclists?

Daily_Bike_Rider
Daily_Bike_Rider

@fishingblues  

Riding on the sidewalks is illegal in Denver.

But self-entitled douche bags like yourself think that just because the sidewalk is empty that us bicyclists have to ride there.

Go fuck your redneck, racist, self-entitled Repuke asshole with your mom's dick.

 

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@jmpmk2 As a bicyclist with a brain, I see both sides. I see bicyclists who seem to go out of their way to annoy drivers and vice-versa. I've got to say, however, that socialist punks need to stop trying to engineer society for/around/despite others.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@jmpmk2 Very interesting post, jmpmk2 -- one we're going to make an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

fognl7
fognl7

@Randall Frazier   So you want them to be less noticeable?  

 Well thought out.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Sean Miller Thanks, Sean. Appreciate the post.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Megan Haenny Thanks for posting, Megan, and for sharing your views.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@Daily_Bike_Rider @fishingblues 

Smooth!  Your response made no sense whatsoever.  I'm guessing you are about 12. Don't they have a blog where the kiddies can have a go at each other?  

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