MONTPELIER, Vt– The League of American Bicyclists (LAB) has released its annual Bicycle Friendly States Ranking. Vermont finished 7th in the Northeast category and 18th nationwide. Vermont’s ranking was based on a number of key indicators, including infrastructure and funding that provide on-the-ground bicycle facilities. Education and encouragement programs that promote cycling as well as the passage and enforcement of bicycle–friendly laws also factor into the process.
“I’m happy to see that Vermont is ranked by the LAB in the top 20 states in the country in terms of our support of bicycling,” said Jon Kaplan, Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager for the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans). “While we definitely have things to celebrate, there is still room for improvement—particularly in the more rural areas of the state. We will continue our ongoing effort to make Vermont a more bicycle-friendly environment.”
Throughout the year, members of the LAB staff work actively with state officials and advocacy leaders to help Vermont identify and implement various policies, programs and campaigns that improve conditions for bicyclists.
In addition to the ongoing Bike and Pedestrian program which provides construction funding for bicycle and pedestrian facilities, VTrans has engaged in several new targeted efforts to improve the cycling environment in Vermont including signage upgrades to the Missisquoi Valley, Beebe Spur and Delaware & Hudson rail trails and a grant program designed to support the installation of more bicycle racks around the state.
To see the complete national rankings, please visit: http://www.bikeleague.org/ To learn more about the VTrans Bike Ped Program, please visit: http://www.aot.state.vt.us/