Maryland ranks among most bike-friendly states

Stand-up comedian Tom Snyders has bicycled more than 162,000 miles. He\'s raising money for a program that helps teach kids life skills. (Courtesy of Henry Dunbar)

WASHINGTON — Cyclists may find it easy to bike in the Old Line State as Maryland ranked high on a list of most bike-friendly states in the U.S.

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:

  1. Washington
  2. Minnesota
  3. Wisconsin
  4. Delaware
  5. Oregon
  6. Colorado
  7. Maryland
  8. Utah
  9. California
  10. Massachusetts
  11. Illinois
  12. New Jersey
  13. Maine
  14. Michigan
  15. Arizona
  16. Ohio
  17. Vermont
  18. Virginia
  19. Pennsylvania
  20. Idaho

Below is the attributes of a bicycle-friendly state, according to the League of American Bicyclist:

h/t: Fast Company

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