Iowa City - Kicking off National Bike Month, the League of American Bicyclists has released its latest ranking of Bicycle Friendly States. In the seventh annual assessment, Iowa dropped from a No. 21 ranking to a No. 25 ranking nationally, and receiving 38.6 points, which was an increase from 37.3 points in 2013. Iowa has shown improvement, but at a lesser pace than other states.
"We're excited and encouraged to see real progress in states like California, Minnesota and Utah," said Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists. "Overall, we still see a lot of opportunity to realize the huge potential of bicycling to promote health, economic development , and quality of life."
The Bicycle Friendly States ranking is based on a number of key indicators, including infrastructure and funding that provide on-the-ground bicycle facilities; education and encourage programs that promote cycling; and passage and enforcement of bicycle-friendly laws that make it safe and comfortable for people of all ages to ride.
"Iowa has work to do to improve the ranking," says Mark Wyatt, executive director of the Iowa Bicycle Coalition. "Some of those items are being addressed but have not yet been completed, like the Iowa Bike Pedestrian Plan and Complete Streets Policy at the Iowa DOT. We expect to wrap up those projects this year. But there is still more work to do to make it safe for people who ride bicycles."
The BFS program is more than an annual assessment. Throughout the year, League staff will work actively with Wyatt and the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, state officials and advocacy leaders to help Iowa identify and implement the programs, policies and campaigns that will improve conditions for bicyclists.
About the Iowa Bicycle Coalition
The Iowa Bicycle Coalition is a 1,500 member based, statewide, bicycle advocacy organization working to make Iowa more bicycle friendly. Our mission is to build partnerships, educate Iowans, and help build bicycling networks for safe and enjoyable recreation and transportation. For more information on the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, visit www.iowabicyclecoalition.org.
About the League of
The League of American Bicyclists is l eading the movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. As leaders, our commitment to listen and learn, define standards and share best practices to engage diverse communities and build a powerful unified voice for change. For more information or to support the League, visit www.bikeleague.org.