Oregon Named Fifth Most Bike-Friendly State

Oregon is the fifth best U.S. state to ride a bike, according to the 2017 Bicycle Friendly State Report Card published today by the League of American Bicyclists. The state of Oregon is up one place in this ranking since 2015, when it was ranked sixth. Oregon was also listed as the third best of thirteen Western state for bicyclists, behind Washington and California.

This news follows the passage of a historic statewide transportation funding package which includes record investments in biking, walking, and public transit. Thanks to the work of The Street Trust, community leaders, and coalition partners, the Oregon legislature passed H.B. 2017 and dedicated $1.3 billion to fund active transportation infrastructure over the next ten years — including $70 million in bikeable and walkable trails and a record-breaking $125 million for Safe Routes to School. As the League of American Bicyclists points out, “This level of investment is nearly the same as the state of Washington, but spread over 3 million fewer people.”

The League of American Bicyclists ranks Oregon as the best state for bicycle education and encouragement programs. Citing federal estimates, the League notes that Oregon has the highest ridership rate in the country, with 2.4 percent of commuters choosing to travel to work by bike. Oregon also receives the top spot in the ranking for evaluation and planning of bicycle and pedestrian plans. When it comes to bike safety, Oregon is ranked number two, highlighting the work ahead of us in making all streets, crosswalks, and sidewalks safe and convenient for people to ride on.

In its report, the League of American Bicyclists stresses the need for transparency and accountability in regards to infrastructure projects’ accommodations for bicyclists. More specifically, it recommends pushing the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to publicly disclose whether highways, roads, and streets are complying with the Bicycle Bill, a landmark piece of legislation which requires all roads built or rebuilt with highway trust fund money to include paths for pedestrians and bicyclists. “We must hold ODOT accountable to the Bicycle Bill,” says Street Trust Policy Director Gerik Kransky. “Our agencies should be transparent about how they are fulfilling the promise of the Bicycle Bill in each of their projects and how they are spending dedicated bicycle and pedestrian funding.”

View the League of American Bicyclists’ 2017 Bike Friendly State Report Card here!

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