Wyoming’s bike-friendly status drops three places from last year; Now ranks 36th in nation

(Wyoming) – The League of American Bicyclists has released its annual ranking of bike-friendly states, and Wyoming has dropped three spots from the year before. Wyoming now ranks 36th in country, falling from 2013’s ranking of 33rd.

Wyoming’s score card indicates that at best it received mid-level scores in five different categories. The state received a score of 3 (five being best, 1 being low) in ‘policies and programs’ and ‘education and encouragement.’ The worst score came in the form of ‘infrastructure and funding.’

Feedback included on Wyoming’s report card suggest the adoption of a “safe passing law with a minimum distance of 3 feet to address bicyclist safety” and adopting a law that increases penalties for motorists who injure or kill a bicyclist or pedestrian.

“Because of an overlap in data collected for the League’s Bicycle Friendly States program and the Alliance for Biking and Walking’s Benchmarking Report, the League and Alliance partnered in 2012 and merged the two state surveys to eliminate redundancy and simplify the process for respondents,” the League’s website states.

“The data collected is verified by League staff in concert with advocates in each state. States that continue to promote bicycling and improve conditions can expect to improve their scores.”

Washington State, Minnesota and Wisconsin make up the top three bike friendly states. Wyoming’s neighbor, Colorado, ranks 6th. Alabama is ranked last. Get the full rankings and report cards for each state here.

See Wyoming’s report from the League of American Bicyclists below.

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