2019 BFS Bicycle Friendly Action Summary
Starting in 2017, the League of American Bicyclists began promoting 5 Bicycle Friendly Actions that we believe EVERY state should take to make bicycling safe, comfortable, and accessible. These 5 actions were chosen from the Signs of Success developed over nearly a decade of reporting on state actions. Each is verifiable using a third-party data source and each show that the state, whether through its legislature or Department of Transportation, has taken an affirmative step to make bicycling safer.
The 5 Bicycle Friendly Actions included on each state’s report card are:
- COMPLETE STREETS LAW/POLICY - WHITE PAPER ON TAKING ACTION NOW AVAILABLE!
- SAFE PASSING LAW (3 FEET +) - WHITE PAPER ON TAKING ACTION NOW AVAILABLE!
- BICYCLE SAFETY AS AN EMPHASIS AREA IN THE STATE’S STRATEGIC HIGHWAY SAFETY PLAN - WHITE PAPER ON TAKING ACTION NOW AVAILABLE!
- STATEWIDE BIKE PLAN ADOPTED IN LAST 10 YEARS
- 2% OR MORE FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION FUNDS SPENT ON BIKE/PED
Our Guide to the Bicycle Friendly State Report Card contains detailed explanations of the data that we used to determine whether or not a state had taken a Bicycle Friendly Action.
In each of our last two rankings the number of bicycle friendly actions has increased
In 2019, for the first time ever, all 50 states have taken at least one Bicycle Friendly Action. However, there is not a single Bicycle Friendly Action that has been taken by every state. The most common Bicycle Friendly Actions are safe passing laws and adopting a bicycle safety emphasis in a Strategic Highway Safety Plan – two actions that generally do not require significant funding or impact the planning, design, and operation of streets. While these actions are valuable – and all state should take them – more states need to invest in policies, planning, and infrastructure that will create safer places to bike.
BICYCLE FRIENDLY ACTION MAPS
Each map available at the link below shows which states have met our Bicycle Friendly Action criteria, including which states have taken or updated their Action since 2017.