Michigan ranked 15th this year in the League of American Bicyclists’ annual survey of bike friendliness. Michigan’s ranking fell three spots to 15. It continues to rank well for education, infrastructure, and policies and programs. The state struggles when it comes to legislation promoting cycling, ranking 43rd out of 50.
The annual “Bicycle Friendly States” list was started by the League of American Bicyclists to promote bicycling and policy changes at the state level. The group aims to track states progress and to create momentum for improving biking conditions. It also seeks to accentuate the positive and work with states to improve bicycling conditions.
The League argues that for states “Encouraging bicycling is an effective way to address the challenges of climate change, traffic congestion, rising obesity rates and soaring fuel prices, as well as improve traffic safety and economic development.”