Colorado – Number 2 in the Nation!Dale Campbell
The Bicycle Friendly States program ranks states on their progress toward promoting bike riding for transportation and recreation.
"An important part of making Colorado the healthiest state is encouraging people to be more active in their everyday routines," Gov. John Hickenlooper told the League of American Bicyclists. "We're proud that our bicycle-friendly policies have skyrocketed Colorado's rank up 20 places in just five years, and we are committed to being No. 1 in the near future."
As the article on the Bicycle Colorado website noted, “States that make the roads comfortable and accessible for people who ride bicycles not only improve safety for everyone who uses the road, but also increase options for residents to commute to work or school, run errands and just have fun. More people riding bicycles improves health, decreases traffic congestion and carbon emissions and saves money for individuals and communities.” (http://bicyclecolo.org/about/colorado-2-on-2013-bicycle-friendly-ranking-list-pg1339.htm)
The League noted Colorado high in eight of the Top 10 Signs of Success and gave the State high marks for Legislation and Enforcement, Policies and Programs, and Education and Encouragement. Further details about the review and suggestions for the future can be found in the Colorado Report Card