(KMSP) - Minnesota was voted the second most bicycle friendly state, according to a recent ranking from the League of American Bicyclists.
The state has been ranked in the top five since 2008. Washington was ranked number one and has held that spot since 2008.
According to the report card, “MnDOT continues to do some excellent bicycle planning that enables state, regional and local collaboration that improves biking.”
The ranking is based on a number of key indicators, including infrastructure and funding that provide safe places to bike; education and encouragement programs that promote cycling; and passage and enforcement of bicycle friendly laws that make it safe and comfortable for people of all ages and abilities to ride.
The other states in the top five include California, Oregon and Massachusetts.
“One difference between Washington and Minnesota this year is that Washington has recently secured long-term funding for bicycling and walking while Minnesota continues to have protracted transportation funding debate,” according to the report card.
Minnesota received its ranking in part because of its work in securing funding for bicycle district plans that align with the Statewide Bicycle System Plan. Recent legislation also clarified the safe passing law with the double yellow line.
The report card also said that Minnesota would benefit from laws that "make it easier for local jurisdictions to lower speed limits on state roadways increase penalties for a motorist that injures or kills a bicyclist or pedestrian and require the use of a hands-free device for phone use while driving."