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Texas ranks 22nd on list of bike-friendly states

Pam LeBlanc

Editor’s note: This article was originally published May 6, 2013

Texas ranks an underwhelming - but not surprising - 22nd in the League of American Bicyclists’ 2013 list of bicycle friendly states.

That’s an improvement over last year’s 27th place, but still a pretty miserable showing.

At the top of the heap? Washington. North Dakota pulls up the rear.

The League annually ranks all 50 states for bicycle friendliness, based on a questionnaire answered by each state’s bicycle coordinator and verified by League staff. It also gives each state a report card on its progress.

In its report card, Texas earned the lowest score, a 1 out of 5, in two categories - evaluation and planning, and infrastructure and funding.

On the positive side, we were recognized for having an active state advocacy group, a Share the Road campaign and an emphasis on bicycle safety in our strategic highway safety plan.

The report notes that Texas spends a low amount of federal funding on bicyclists and pedestrians. It also could adopt a statewide safe passing law (21 states have such a law), vulnerable road user law and statewide cell phone and texting band.

While Gov. Rick Perry vetoed a statewide 3-foot safe passing law in 2010, Austin has one. The city also has a vulnerable road user law and texting while driving ban.

For more information about the Bicycle Friendly States program go here.

Others states in the top 10 are Colorado, Oregon, Minnesota, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Illinois and Arizona.

To see the complete list, go here .

To read Texas’ report card, go here.