Friday, September 19, 2008

Minnesota 5th most bike friendly state

Pretty darned good for a state that has a serious amount of winter:
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The League of American Bicyclists ranks Minnesota 5th out of 50 states in the Bicycle-Friendly State Program. Woo. West Virginia? Totally last....
Here's the community list, I really am amazed Chicago does so well.

It's not easy to find the top 8, the map kind of hides that. I couldn't identify #6 ...
1. Washington
2. Wisconsin (ouch)
3. Arizona (wow)
4. Oregon
5. Minnesota
6. ??
7. California
8. Illinois
The list of top states is somewhat Democrat leaning, but Wisconsin and Minnesota both can have Republican governors and I think Arizona is largely GOP. On the other hand, the list of bicycle friendly communities is almost entirely Democrat.

I winced to find Wisconsin in the #2 slot, but I can't deny they've done a fantastic job with their bicycle network. It is really commendable. As a Minnesotan I shouldn't like Wisconsin as much as I do.

If you're looking for places to live in the US, you could do far worse than use the community index.

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