Where's your state on the list?
Last Post 05/05/2014 07:01 PM by Jerry Russell. 21 Replies.
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ChinookPass

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05/01/2014 03:14 PM
The only 2 categories that should really count are enforcement and infrastructure.
Spud

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05/01/2014 04:29 PM
Can you post the link to this? Thanks
ChinookPass

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05/01/2014 05:03 PM
http://bikeleague.org/content/how-does-your-state-rank
huckleberry

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05/01/2014 05:10 PM
#1 and #9...
Orange Crush

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05/01/2014 05:29 PM
did Colorado take a nose-dive because of the floods killing infrastructure/funding or did it have anything to do with my visit in 2013? Our neighbour to south is #1
Ride On

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05/01/2014 05:50 PM
We fell 11 places. Ouch
longslowdistance

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05/01/2014 06:58 PM
OC, maybe CO dropped because too many stoners are weaving in and out of bike paths into traffic.
ChinookPass

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05/01/2014 07:18 PM
Of course if we ranked student-teacher ratios or spending per student, my state would not do so well. Offset by more kids biking to school though would be ok, I guess.

Obviously a low ranking on the bike list doesn't mean it's impossible to bike in that particular state, because we know at least one who bikes in say, Kansas, for instance.

It's good to have a bar to reach and some guidelines to get there but I'd bet most places outside Portland, Seattle, Minneapolis are not trying that hard. Prove me wrong if you have a good story about a low ranking state. And even in Seattle there's always disagreement whether any individual improvement is better than before the improvement was constructed/enacted.
Orange Crush

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05/01/2014 08:50 PM
I have a former buddy that I used to ride with in Santa Cruz who is now a prof in Tuscaloosa.

I should ask him how he likes Sweet Home Alabama.

Only thing I ever heard was being chased by lightning storms
THE SKINNY

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05/01/2014 09:11 PM
alabama has spent a lot of money on mountain biking. oak mountain state park in birmingham is a jewel. the new place near anniston is a blast. i haven't ridden the new stuff near auburn but i heard it's nice. i don't know about road biking although they build their roads either without paved shoulders or with those rumble strips.

florida moved up a few notches.
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.
zootracer

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05/02/2014 01:05 AM
#9. However Ca, is a huge state and riding differs depending on what county/city you live in. Actually I'm surprised it ranked that high.
vtguy

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05/02/2014 06:28 AM
17 and I always thought that this was a good place to ride. Guess I should try Washington or Minnesota.
Spud

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05/02/2014 09:34 AM
#10 and #15. Hard to believe that MA is 5 spots ahead of AZ.
Yo Mike

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05/02/2014 10:00 AM
PA is #19, tho that is down a few from the previous year.

TV and newspapers say that PA has some of the worst bridges / infrastructure in the country. Sometimes this is an advantage for bicycling, as 2 bridges on my rides are closed to auto traffic - likely as unsafe - but cyclists can still use them.

Roads in general are in the worst shape I have ever seen due to one of the worst winters ever...
79pmooney

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05/02/2014 12:01 PM
vtguy, I get to sample your state next week. Weather permitting, I'll go for a ride with my training partner of 37 years ago! We'll ride out of Thetford.

Haven't ridden in Vermont since the Stowe race, 1978! It will be fun to be back. I'll report in on the riding conditions.

Ben
THE SKINNY

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05/05/2014 10:44 AM
florida i believe has that 3' rule for cars passing bikes. we also have the stand your ground law. i wonder if those could be combined so you could shoot people that don't give cyclists proper room? it might bump us up a few notches.
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.
Nick A

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05/05/2014 11:39 AM
Yeah, I'd have to disagree. I live in Albuquerque, NM and think it's a great place to ride. Not perfect though. I lived in Pittsburgh, PA and it was truly horrible. I grew up in New York (City and Suburbs), and thought it was somewhere in between.

Of course, these ranking can only rank certain things, at a certain time, and there will be regional differences within a state. For me, at least in the metro Albuquerque area there's good riding. Of course, this may not apply to other parts of the state. And the goat heads suck. Metro NYC had a million places to ride, and tons of people to ride with. It wasn't even all that dangerous. But in 14 years in NM, I haven't received the verbal abuse I'd get in a week in NY. Pittsburgh had great old neighborhoods, with lots of rugged terrain, but this meant very narrow roads used for heavy motor vehicle commuting, and although Pittsburghers weren't NY goons, they weren't exactly enthusiastic about cyclists either. The weather sucked too. I lived in Fort Collins, CO for a year, and it was pretty decent riding, but I was in grad school and didn't ride much.

Nick
KootnaMoots

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05/05/2014 01:21 PM
#8, we dropped 1, Some areas great but most are dodge ball. Let me show you my scabs
Koot
79pmooney

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05/05/2014 01:42 PM
KootnaMoots, your state dropped a place, but gained 10 points. Sounds positive to me.

Ben
vtguy

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05/05/2014 01:42 PM
Ben, I hope that the weather warms up before you arrive. I'm still regularly using multiple layers and shoe covers.
79pmooney

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05/05/2014 01:57 PM
vt, thanks for the warning. I am getting spoiled by our weather here this year.

Ben
KootnaMoots

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05/05/2014 07:01 PM
Correction.....#38. We have the 3 ft rule but a lot of us can't read


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