The Most Bike-Friendly States, Ranked

Washington was named the top bike state for 2015. Credit: Ann Cecil / Getty Images

The league of American Bicyclists has published its annual Bicycle-Friendly State ranking, a definitive guide to which states best support cycling. Washington State led the pack for the eighth year in a row, followed by Minnesota and Delaware.

The league awards points to states based on a series of five categories: legislation and enforcement, policies and programs, infrastructure and funding, education and encouragement, and evaluation and planning.

States that were successful in passing bike-friendly legislation in the past year saw a jump in ranking from this year's report. Massachusetts, for example, jumped from the 10th spot in 2014 to number four this year, thanks to $400 million of funding dedicated to biking and walking over the next five years.

Alabama received the lowest ranking, due to its failure to adopt a safe-passing law and high rate of bicyclist fatalities.

Top 10 Bicycle Friendly States

1. Washington
2. Minnesota
3. Delaware
4. Massachusetts
5. Utah
6. Oregon
7. Colorado
8. California
9. Wisconsin
10. Maryland

See the full rankings here