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Washington Retains Title as Nation’s Most ‘Bicycle-Friendly State’

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OLYMPIA, WA – Washington has been named the nation's No. 1 "Bicycle-Friendly State" for the seventh consecutive year.

The League of American Bicyclists on Thursday made the announcement. The state also plans to officially celebrate Bike Month in May by Governor Jay Inslee signing a proclamation describing the many benefits of bicycling.

“As a bike rider I get to see firsthand all that Washington has done to make bicycling part of a sustainable transportation system,” Gov. Inslee said. “Bicycling helps make healthy communities, healthy people and a rich quality of life.  There’s always more to do, but being named the most bike friendly state shows we are moving on the right path.”

The Washington state Department of Transportation says strong links among the state's cities, counties, advocacy organizations, state agencies, and transportation providers help form the foundation of the state's success in improving bicycling and walking conditions.

“Being an avid bicyclist, I’ve had an opportunity to explore Washington’s urban and rural roadways this past year,” said Washington Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson. “We’ll continue to work with our local partners to identify and fund bicycle needs in their areas, especially on highways that also function as main streets in our communities.”

The Washington State Department of Transportation supports bicycling through its Bicycle and Pedestrian programs and provides transportation design guidance, grant programs, and technical support.

The League of American Bicyclists annually ranks all 50 states on how "bikeable" they are. The League looks at each state's cycling success in the following categories: legislation and enforcement, policies and programs, infrastructure and funding, education and encouragement, and evaluation and planning.