Delaware is among top 10 bicycle-friendly states in U.S.

The League of American Bicyclists issued a report today that affirmed what many Delawareans already know – that Delaware is one of the best places in the country to ride a bicycle, but officials are not resting on their laurels.

Delaware is the 10th most bicycle friendly state in the country, according to the League of American Bicyclists. Cited for the state’s strong programs in education and bicycle-friendly legislation, Delaware rose from its 2011 ranking of 18th.

Delaware’s ranking was based on a number of key indicators, including infrastructure and funding that provide on-the-ground bicycle facilities; education and encourage programs that promote cycling; and passage and enforcement of bicycle-friendly laws that make it safe and comfortable for people of all ages to ride.

In a press release issued by the cycling organization, the Bike League wrote that Delaware is leading the way for other states. “With dedicated state funding for bicycling projects, Governor Jack Markell,  DelDOT Secretary Shailen Bhatt and DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara are leading the way to create a multi-modal transportation system,” the release states. “In addition, the partnership between DelDOT and Bike Delaware, the statewide advocacy group, is a model for other states seeking to become more bike-friendly.”

Governor Markell said the national ranking affirms the efforts over the past year by state officials, bicycle advocates and residents. “We welcome our rise in the ranking as recognition of what we are doing to make walkable, bikeable communities a priority in Delaware,” said Governor Jack Markell, who is himself an avid cyclist.