We’re Number 4! – Still….

Every year, just like students across the country, state bicycle advocates wait breathlessly to see their report card for the year. Instead of coming from teachers, the letter grades are handed out by the League of American Bicyclists in conjunction with National Bike Month.

This year Minnesota, we stay stuck as a “B” student and ranked number 4 in the 50 state list.

So where do we fall down?  Well we earned ourselves a big fat “F” in enforcement, but what exactly does that mean? According to the League of American Bicyclists the components of enforcement are the following:

“Enforcement: The Enforcement section the BFS questionnaire gathers data on the types of training law enforcement officers and traffic court judges receive to ensure protection of cyclists’ rights to the road and safe travel on our shared roadways.”

Despite being stuck at number four, we can take solace in the fact that we are now only one spot behind Wisconsin, after their fall from number 2 to number three this year.

Be sure to check out the Minnesota specific facts here, and the full list of all fifty states here (PDF Link).

Nice work Minnesota.

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2 Responses to We’re Number 4! – Still….

  1. Justin says:

    Unfortunately, I would say that the F in enforcement is entirely deserved. I have been told by multiple officers (who will go unnamed here) out in the suburbs that if motorists are driving dangerously and illegally, I should just ride on the sidewalk, even though that is illegal. Also, I am definitely a criminal because I bike, but motorists can’t be held responsible for laws they don’t know or understand, including verbal assault, road rage, tailgating, and safe passing distance. If that doesn’t show a complete failure in training, I don’t know what does.

  2. Mike Courteau says:

    It think it is important to note that no state received a grade higher than “B.” California, which just finished hosting the Tour of California–a top international cycling competition–ranked 20th. Texas, home to none other than Lance Armstrong, who resides in Austin, ranked 32nd. I think we should be awfully proud of our 4th-place ranking. And, being Minnesotans, I have every reason to believe that we will continue working hard until we’re number 1.

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