Minnesota second, Wisconsin third for bike-friendly states
Minnesota ranks second and Wisconsin third among the most bike-friendly states in the U.S., according to the League of American Bicyclists.
Only Washington ranked higher for having better trails, laws, promotion of and participation in bicycling.
The League released its rankings Thursday at the start of National Bicycling Month. Minnesota moves up from fourth on the 2013 list and Wisconsin is up from eighth.
The rankings are based on several criteria, including infrastructure and funding that provide safe trails to bike; education and encouragement programs that promote cycling; and passage and enforcement of bicycle-friendly laws that make it safe and comfortable for people of all ages and abilities to ride.
Washington managed 66.8 out of a possible 100 points on the bike-friendly tally sheet, with Minnesota at 62 and Wisconsin at 56.9. Alabama, which ranked 50th, tallied only 17.4 points.
Nearly half of Minnesotans rode a bicycle last year, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
For more information on biking in Minnesota, or to participate in the development of a statewide bike plan, go to www.mndot.gov/bike.