Annual rankings from The League of American Bicyclists are out, and Oregon has slipped to number five from number three. Washington takes the cake with number one for the seventh year in a row. Here’s the top 10 list:
Oregon’s report card shows that the state gets a four out of five possible points in three categories: legislation and enforcement, policies and programs, and education and encouragement. Its lowest category is once again infrastructure and planning.
The League of American Bicyclists offers this feedback for making Oregon a more bike-friendly state:
• Repeal the state’s mandatory bike lane law.• Adopt performance measures, such as modeshift or a low percentage of exempted projects,to better track and support Complete Streets/Bike Accommodation Policy compliance.• Update your state bicycle master plan. The plan updateshould evaluate and build on the previous bicyclemaster plan, and reflect changes in bicycle user needs.• Adopt performance measures todecrease bicycle fatalities.• Adopt a mode share goal for biking toencourage the integration of bicycletransportation needs into all transportationand land use policy and project decisions.• Adopt the National Association of CityTransportation Officials (NACTO) Design Guide.• Adopt a Vision Zero policy to help Oregonreduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities.• Increase the dedication of funding to bicycleand pedestrian projects from 1% of statetransportation trust funds to 2%.• Adopt a policy requiring state office buildings,state park and recreation facilities, and otherstate facilities to provide bicycle parking.• Since arterial and collector roads are the backboneof every transportation network, it is essentialto provide adequate bicycle facilities along theseroads. Increase the percentage of state highwaynetwork that has paved shoulders or bike lanes.