Known for its world-class ski resorts, hiking trails and outdoor recreational opportunities, there’s no question that Utah caters to the active and outdoorsy, particularly during the long winter months. But when the snow begins to melt and the slopes are closed for the season, outdoor enthusiasts often turn their attention to cycling. In fact, a recent study conducted by Map My Fitness found that Utah ranked among the top five states across the country for the most minutes of bicycling per week, despite Utah’s typically cooler temperatures.
But just how friendly is the state of Utah to cyclists? Well, this year Utah ranked among the Top 10 Most Bicycle Friendly States for 2015 (specifically coming in at number five) according to The League of American Bicyclists.
The rankings were determined by a questionnaire answered by each state’s Bicycle Coordinator who looked at five categories: Legislation & Enforcement, Policies & Programs, Infrastructure & Funding, Education & Encouragement, and Evaluation & Planning. More specifically, the questions looked at whether or not the states have laws to accommodate cyclists and make the roads safer for them, safety campaigns to educate drivers on the road about cycling, and/or highway safety and bicycle transportation plans.
Take a closer look at Utah’s Report Card here.
Congratulations, Utah, for earning a top spot in America’s Most Bicycle Friendly States; ride on!
For a complete list of rankings, click here.
Looking to get involved and protect your right to ride? Check out the list of local bike advocacy organizations and commuting resources below: