The League for American Bicyclists recently released a report on bicycling in the fifty states and ranked the state’s according to their “bike friendliness.” Based on an evaluation of six categories, Michigan ranked 12th overall in the national survey.
Michigan placed 7th in education, tied for 8th in infrastructure, tied for 14th in planning, tied for 15th in enforcement, tied for 19th in policies and programs and ranked 35th in legislation. The survey’s brief summary of Michigan’s ranking reads:
“Michigan has a rumble strip policy with a minimum 4 feet of clearance and dedicated state funding for bicycle projects. However, there is no routine accommodation or complete streets policy.”
The only city in the state to receive a designation as a “bike friendly community” was Ann Arbor.
Michigan’s Department of Transportation took partial credit for the ranking, stating:
“Michigan’s high ranking was achieved through the many partnerships we have in our state between state and local government, nonprofit and private agencies, and the thousands of dedicated citizens and bicyclists across the state.”
For those interested in taking steps to improve the state’s biking, the League of Michigan Bicyclists has an “advocacy center” with details on a number of bills designed to improve bicycling in Michigan. These bills range from ones that enhance penalties on drivers who injure or kill cyclists to bills requiring that the state provide more funding for pedestrian construction projects.