Marshall M. Herman 804-692-2134
May 12, 2015
VIRGINIA IS FRIENDLIEST BICYCLING STATE IN THE SOUTH
The commonwealth ranks 13th nationally according to the League of American Bicyclists
RICHMOND, Va. – The League of American Bicyclists released its 2015 Bicycle Friendly States (BFS) ranking yesterday and Virginia placed 13th nationally with a regional ranking of 1st in the south.
Virginia has designated 838 miles of U.S. Interstate Bicycle Routes and was the first to do so in 1982. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) works to incorporate bicycling facilities into new projects and expands paved shoulders on existing roadways where possible.
“We’re pleased that Virginia’s national ranking improved from 18th in 2014 to 13th this year,” said VDOT Commissioner Charlie Kilpatrick. “VDOT has taken the time to listen to our partners in bicycling communities across the commonwealth. We continue to look for opportunities to improve bicycling safety and accessibility throughout Virginia.”
The BFS ranking is based on a number of key indicators, including infrastructure and funding that provide bicycle facilities; education and encouragement programs that promote bicycling; and passage and enforcement of bicycle-friendly laws that make it safe and easy for people of all ages to ride.
Another factor cited in Virginia’s ranking included recognition of the 2014 General Assembly adoption of the three-foot passing law. In addition, several planning projects contributed to Virginia’s higher ranking including a realignment of U.S. Bicycle Route 1 in Northern Virginia and the upcoming completion of the 52 mile Virginia Capital Trail which will boost business and tourism.
For more information on the League of American Bicyclists Bike Friendly State Rankings, visit www.bikeleague.org.
To learn more about VDOT’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program visit http://www.virginiadot.org/programs/bk-default.asp.