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May Is National Bike Month: How ‘Bicycle Friendly’ is Michigan?

Michigan dropped a couple of points in the state ranking this year.

Where's your favorite place to ride a bike in Michigan. (Photo: Pure Michigan)
Where's your favorite place to ride a bike in Michigan. (Photo: Pure Michigan)

Michigan ranks as 14th friendliest state for bicycling among the 50 U.S. states, down two places from 2013, in a newly released ranking by The League of American Bicyclists.

The Bicycle Friendly State ranking looks at legislation and enforcement, policies and programs, infrastructure and funding, education and encouragement and planning.

For the seventh year in a row, Washington state led the nation, but states like Utah, Minnesota and California moved up the ranking in 2014, shaking up the top 10, the group said.

The least-friendly states for bicycling were Alabama, Montana and Kentucky, which were 50th, 49th and 48th, respectively.

Discuss:

  • Where’s your favorite place to bike in Michigan? Tell us below in the comments.

M. Imsosure May 03, 2014 at 12:19 PM
May is also Motorcycle Awareness Month. In the years past it was brought up much more that it is now.
Dale Murrish May 03, 2014 at 12:34 PM
Glad the state has decent billboards to promote riding with helmets and bright colored protective clothing. The previous ones were pretty lame. Will be interesting to see how Michigan's motorcycle helmet use rate fares now that people don't have to wear one.
Sue Czarnecki May 04, 2014 at 08:45 PM
Best place to ride bikes - OHIO
Colleen Jorgensen May 05, 2014 at 11:08 AM
I wish Brighton and Green Oak were more bike friendly..Try riding to Huron Meadows down Rickett Road or Lee road to the shops..Its Sad.
Todd Priest May 06, 2014 at 03:09 PM
I am here temporarily in Northville from St. Pete Florida. Hines Park is pretty decent but as far as riding in the city and the streets, this part of the state sucks. I miss riding in Florida very much.

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