The 2012 Bicycle Friendly States Ranking marks the launch of an updated and improved evaluation process. Throughout 2011, the League held Bicycle Friendly America listening sessions across the country to understand the successes and shortcomings of the program. Based on public input, the Bicycle Friendly State survey was revised to give a clearer picture of a state’s accomplishments and next steps towards becoming more bike-friendly. In response to New York’s poor rankings, NYBC Executive Brian Kehoe stated “The ranking is disappointing but not unexpected. NYBC and it’s partners and bicyclists across the state will continue to impress upon decision-makers the imperative to make our roads safe for all travelers, including bicyclists. We can turn this around but we need to develop clear goals and then robustly fund needed investments. We need leadership from the top to make New York a Bicycle Friendly State”
New York’s ranking was 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.
New York needs to improve…….