5/2/2013 8:24:00 PM Oklahoma ranked #38 among Bicycle Friendly States
In honor of National Bike Month, the League has released its latest Bicycle Friendly States ranking. In the sixth annual assessment, Oklahoma achieved a #38 ranking nationally, while placing #8 in the Midwest Region.
"We are encouraged to see significant progress in top states like Washington, Delaware, Colorado and Oregon," said Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists. "But, as the scores clearly highlight, there's much work to be done in critical areas like infrastructure and planning in every state. "
The Bicycle Friendly States Ranking is now even more comprehensive, capturing more information than ever before and delving more deeply into the issues embedded in becoming a more bicycle friendly state.
Oklahoma's #38 ranking was based on a number of key indicators, including infrastructure and funding that provide on-theground bicycle facilities; education and encourage programs that promote cycling; and passage and enforcement of bicyclefriendly laws that make it safe and comfortable for people of all ages to ride. Stillwater Bicycle Committee member Keith Reed commented on this news: "We are disappointed but not surprised that Oklahoma has dropped a bit in the latest rankings. While Stillwater is making some positive progress, Oklahoma continues to lag behind in making a real commitment to bicycling as a viable form of transportation."
"Communities all across the United States are waking up to the fact that the simple bicycle is a solution to many of the transportation and health issues we face as a society. To be satisfied with status quo is to be left behind."
The BFS program is more than an annual assessment. Throughout the year, League staff will work actively with state officials and advocacy leaders to help Oklahoma identify and implement the programs, policies and campaigns that will improve conditions for bicyclists.