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News Release
May 22, 2012



Minnesota ranks second in nation for bicycle-friendly states


ST. PAUL, Minn. The League of American Bicyclists today announced that Minnesota ranks as the second most bicycle-friendly state in the nation. This is a jump from the number four slot achieved in 2010 and 2011. Prior to that, Minnesota ranked fifth in 2008 and 2009.


“This is a shared honor for bicyclists of all levels and the many partners who work collectively to make bicycling better across Minnesota,” said Dorian Grilley, executive director of the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota. “Improving bicycling is so much more than buildings bike paths and hoping people use them. Education, enforcement, promotion and evaluation must all be part of the program at local and statewide levels.” 


Approximately half of Minnesotans rode a bicycle last year, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation 2011 Omnibus Transportation Survey.


"We are encouraged to see significant progress in top states like Washington, Minnesota, Colorado and Massachusetts," said Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists. "But, as the scores clearly highlight, there's much work to be done in critical areas like infrastructure and funding. We look forward to working with Minnesota to improve conditions for people who bike for transportation and recreation."


Washington remains the top ranked state for the fifth year in a row, followed by Minnesota, Massachusetts, Colorado and Oregon. Minnesota received its ranking because of many factors, including:


Several state agencies, including the departments of Health, Natural Resources, Transportation and Tourism invest in bicycling as an important component of Minnesota’s transportation system. Bicycle tourism also has a positive impact on Minnesota’s economy and being physically active can decrease the risk of a variety of diseases such as heart disease and stroke, diabetes, depression and certain types of cancer.  


A group of state agencies, private organizations and businesses also launched this week the new Pedal Minnesota promotion, which aims at getting more people on bikes more often in Minnesota. Find upcoming bike events, mom-to-mom tips for riding with kids and much more at


This is the fifth year the League of American Bicyclists has awarded Bicycle Friendly State designations as part of National Bike Month. To learn more about the Bicycle Friendly State program, visit


The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and works through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. The League represents the interests of the nation’s 57 million bicyclists, including its 300,000 members and affiliates. For more information, visit








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