Maryland ranked No. 7 on The League of American Bicyclists’ list of best states for cycling. Each year, the league ranks states on their friendliness to cycling based on measures such as policies and programs, legislation and enforcement, as well as infrastructure and funding.
Washington state ranked No. 1 with Minnesota close behind. Montana and Alabama came in at the bottom of the list ranking 49 and 50, respectively.
Washington scored 66.8 points out of a possible 100. Maryland scored 53.8 points, in part due to its high scores in education and encouragement with biking.
Virginia ranked at No. 18, with a score of 41.5 points.
D.C. was not included on the list.
The results are based on a multi-faceted Bicycle Friendly State questionnaire that is answered by each state’s bicycle coordinator. Maryland’s Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator is Michael Jackson and Virginia’s is John Bolecek.
Below is the list of the top 20 bike-friendly states:
Below is the attributes of a bicycle-friendly state, according to the League of American Bicyclist: