Utah Maintains a Top Ten Position in 2017 “Bicycle Friendly” State Ranking

Moves to eighth place in League of American Bicyclists program, but plans to launch key initiatives that will boost ranking in 2018

SALT LAKE CITY  October 25, 2017  After a one-year hiatus in which the program criteria were retooled, the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) released its Bicycle Friendly State rankings today. Utah has moved from fifth to eighth place in the rankings.

The Bicycle Friendly States assessment is a League of American Bicyclists program that comprehensively evaluates each of the 50 states in five categories: legislation and enforcement, policies and programs, infrastructure and funding, education and encouragement, and evaluation and planning.

Utah‘s highest individual scores were in the areas of legislation and enforcement, evaluation and planning, and education and encouragement. Click here to see Utah’s 2017 Bicycle Friendly State Report Card.

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“While we‘re disappointed to see a drop in our rankings, we‘re actually getting ready to announce a number of new initiatives for 2018 that will enhance our bike friendliness,” said Phil Sarnoff, executive director of Bike Utah. “Also, it‘s important to bear in mind that this ranking is not necessarily a reflection that progress in Utah has slowed. Rather, it shows how much other states, like Colorado and California, have increased their efforts.” He summarized, “The good news is, these rankings show that many states across the country are actively working on improving bicycling.”

When Utah applied to the League‘s Bicycle Friendly program in 2009, it was ranked 18th. It then slipped to twenty-first and thirty-first in 2010 and 2011, respectively. However, in 2012, Utah began its ascendancy, moving up the rankings to thirteenth, then fourteenth in 2013, 8th in 2014, and 5th in 2015.

To see each state‘s ranking, report card, and learn more about the data used for the ranking please visit the following links:

  • Ranking
  • Report Cards
  • Bicycle Friendly Action Maps and other materials
“The ranking isn‘t just about bicycling, but an indicator of how we view Utah‘s future,” added Sarnoff. “Businesses are much more focused on quality of life for their employees and this includes access to recreation, better transportation options, air quality, and personal health. Improving bicycling makes Utah a better place to live and that, in turn, raises its prominence nationally and globally. It‘s another opportunity for Utah to be a trendsetter.”
For more information about the League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly State program, visit www.bikeleague.org/states. To learn more about Bike Utah, visit www.bikeutah.org.
Photo Caption: Bike Utah‘s Youth Bicycle Education and Safety Training Program has reached almost 4,000 kids across Utah since September 2016

Photo credit: Bike Utah

About Bike Utah:

Bike Utah is the statewide, nonprofit bicycle advocacy and education organization. Bike Utah works to get more people out riding and to improve conditions for all types of bicyclists whether they are riding by choice or out of necessity. The mission of Bike Utah is to integrate bicycling into the everyday culture of the state. For more information or to support Bike Utah, visit www.bikeutah.org.

About the League of American Bicyclists:

The League of American Bicyclists is leading the movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. As leaders, our commitment to listen and learn, define standards and share best practices to engage diverse communities and build a powerful unified voice for change. For more information or to support the League, visit www.bikeleague.org.

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