Trail building has become a competitive sport. And there is
much at stake. As America's communities continue to jostle for position in the
annual League of American Bicyclists Bicycle Friendly State rankings, what they
are really competing for is new residents, new businesses, a reputation for livability
and to be at the forefront of smart transportation, health and recreation
The LAB released its
2013 rankings today, and it reflected the determined effort of states to
improve their active transportation networks. While Washington continues to
lead the nation, a number of previously less bike-friendly states made big
improvements - including Delaware, Illinois and Arizona - and were rewarded
with a rise up the rankings.
Statements made by the leaders of those states that improved
their bikeability demonstrate just how important it is for 21st
century communities to make committed investments in active transportation.
U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-DE): "Creating more walkable
and bikeable communities boosts air quality by reducing the amount of time cars
and trucks idle on our roadways. Biking also helps decongest our transportation
system, allowing individuals to spend more time working or relaxing with their
families instead of wasting time and money sitting in traffic. The benefits of
biking are countless, and that's why I'm proud to support dedicated federal
funding for biking and walking infrastructure, as well as the efforts of the
League of American Bicyclists and others to promote biking as an invaluable
piece of the American transportation system."
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper: "An important part
of making Colorado the healthiest state is encouraging people to be more active
in their everyday routines. We're proud that our bicycle-friendly policies have
skyrocketed Colorado's rank up 20 places in just five years, and we are
committed to being No. 1 in the near future."
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