How did Texas rank in list of bike friendliest states?

Pam LeBlanc navigates traffic on Congress Avenue in this 2012 file photo. (Austin American-Statesman/Rodolfo Gonzalez)
Pam LeBlanc navigates traffic on Congress Avenue in this 2012 file photo. (Austin American-Statesman/Rodolfo Gonzalez)

Just as we were celebrating Austin’s ranking as 14th most bike-friendly city in the country on BetterDoctor’s list of bike-friendly cities comes news of Texas’ dismal state-wide performance on another list.

The League of American Bicyclists’ this week released its annual list of Bicycle Friendly States, and Texas came in 30th out of 50. (See the whole list here.)

Not good, but not surprising, either. Have you tried to ride a bike through Houston, El Paso or Dallas lately?

Texas’ 2015 rank is actually up a wee bit from 2014, when it ranked 33rd in the country. But it’s significantly down from 2013, when it was 22nd.

At the top of the League of American Bicyclists’ 2015 list are Washington, Minnesota, Delaware, Massachusetts and Utah. (Utah?) Bringing up the bottom are Oklahoma, Montana, Nebraska, Kansas, Kentucky and Alabama.

States received scores between 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) in five areas. Texas scored a 3 in legislation and enforcement, 3 in policies and programs, 1 in infrastructure and funding, 4 in education and encouragement, and 1 in evaluation and planning.

The study did note Texas’ adoption of a safe passing law, our active state advocacy group (thank you Bike Texas!) and our Share the Road campaign. Statewide, about 1 percent of people in Texas commute to work by bike. In Austin, that number is 1.57 percent.

Don’t forget, Friday is Bike to Work Day!

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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