California has Bike friendly states rankings 2015 as the eight-most bike friendly state for 2015 by the League of American Bicyclists. That’s up a notch from last year’s rankings, which put California in ninth.
The most bike friendly state was Washington, followed by Delaware and Minnesota, rounding out the top three. The least pedal friendly state is Alabama, according to the rankings.
The rankings are based on the answers to a five part questionnaire, which explores areas such as: legislation and enforcement; policies and programs; infrastructure and funding; education and encouragement; and evaluation and planning.
The league’s 2015 report card for California highlighted the following signs of success:
- 1% OR MORE OF PEOPLE COMMUTING BY BIKE
- SAFE PASSING LAW (3 FEET OR GREATER)
- COMPLETE STREETS POLICY
- DEDICATED STATE FUNDING
- ACTIVE STATE ADVOCACY GROUP
- STATE BICYCLE PLAN (ADOPTED 2005 OR LATER)
- SHARE THE ROAD CAMPAIGN
- VULNERABLE ROAD USER LAW
- BICYCLE SAFETY EMPHASIS IN STRATEGIC HIGHWAY SAFETY PLAN
- 2% OR MORE FEDERAL FUNDS SPENT ON BIKE/PED
The report card suggested a few areas where California could improve:
- Follow through on the Caltrans Improvement Project, which recommends that Caltrans relinquish control to local governments of state highways that operate as local streets and roads in urban areas.
- Adopt a statewide bicycle plan that addresses each of the five “Es”, has clear implementation actions, and performance measures to gauge success. Ensure that the plan includes high priority projects that enable multimodal trips, leverage current and future transit, and contribute to Caltrans’ mode share goal to triple biking by 2020.
- Improve upon data collection regarding bicyclist trips, injuries and fatalities on California roadways and bicycle paths. States often choose to pursue strategic partnerships with technology companies and universities in order to study and improve bicycling-related data.
- Adopt performance measures, such as a low percentage of exempted projects, to better track and support Complete Streets Policy compliance. Provide timely and dependable reporting on compliance.
- Complete the pilot research project by UC Berkeley to inventory bike facilities on the state highway system statewide
- California has a high number of bicyclist fatalities. Ensure that bicycle safety is a major emphasis in all transportation projects, programs and policies to address this issue.
- Adopt a vulnerable road user law that increases penalties for a motorist that injures or kills a bicyclist or pedestrian.
Here’s the full list of rankings for all 50 states: