Bicycle Friendly States
The Bicycle Friendly State℠ program is designed to establish best practices — we know every state has great riding opportunities, dedicated state-agency staff, determined advocates and cyclists of all stripes working to make a state great for cycling.
The League annually ranks all 50 states based upon policies, programs, and other public agency efforts to create great bicycling in each state. We are able to create an annual ranking due to the cooperation of staff at each state's Department of Transportation, who provide a wealth of information by completing our Bicycle Friendly State (BFS℠) survey.
In 2012 the League of American Bicyclists partnered with the Alliance for Biking and Walking to create a combined survey for state agencies that is used by the League's Bicycle Friendly States program and the Alliance's Benchmarking Report. The complete survey is published in the Alliance's Benchmarking report. Currently, we are working to update the survey.
The data collected is verified by League staff in concert with advocates in each state. States that continue to promote bicycling and improve conditions can expect to improve their scores.
The BFS annual ranking measures the states bikeability but does not include everything states can and should do for bicycling. The BFS ranking process illustrates general performance needs.
Traditionally, the BFS rankings show that there are fantastic efforts to emulate and there is still a lot of work to be done to increase bikeability in states – from the bottom to the top of the BFS ranked list.