FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 22, 2012
MassDOT Press Office (617) 973-8472
David Watson, MassBike (617) 542-2453
Massachusetts Rises to 3rd in National List of Bicycle-Friendly States
The Commonwealth continues to improve its “Bike-Friendliness” ranking from League of American Bicyclists
Boston – May 22, 2012 – In their recently-released annual ranking, the League of American Bicyclists promoted Massachusetts from 9th to 3rd most “Bicycle Friendly State.” Last year the Commonwealth had vaulted into the Top Ten from 19th in 2010.
“Massachusetts has continued to advance through the ranks of Bicycle Friendly States,” said MassDOT Secretary Richard A. Davey. “MassDOT was recently lauded as a Bicycle Friendly Business, the first DOT in the nation to receive this recognition. These accomplishments mark our commitment to the MassDOT mission of providing safe, healthy and efficient transportation, and the importance of our innovative GreenDOT policy.”
“When MassDOT was created in 2009, innovative policies like the Healthy Transportation Compact and Complete Streets were built right into the new agency,” said David Watson, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike), the statewide bicycling education and advocacy group. “MassDOT’s growing emphasis on sustainability and its strong partnership with the advocacy community have led to rapid improvements for bicycling.”
The League of American Bicyclists compares states across a set of objective scoring criteria in the five categories: Legislation & Enforcement; Policies & Programs; Infrastructure & Funding; Education & Encouragement; and Evaluation & Planning.
The ranking highlighted MassDOT’s ambitious GreenDOT policy as contributing to its bicycle friendly success. GreenDOT calls for MassDOT to incorporate sustainability into all of its activities, from strategic planning to project design and construction to system operation. The GreenDOT policy initiative includes promoting walking, bicycling, and public transit as one of its central goals as well as reaching the greenhouse gas reduction targets mandated under the Global Warming Solutions Act, signed by Governor Patrick in 2008.
Other accomplishments contributing to Commonwealth success includes sponsoring statewide Complete Streets Trainings, integrating bicycling throughout the driver’s license manual, a robust Safe Routes to School Program, the annual statewide Moving Together bicycling and walking conference, planning for the Bay State Greenway (a vision for a 788-mile network of bicycle facilities throughout the Commonwealth) and the reinvigorated State Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board.
This announcement follows another successful Bay State Bike Week. During the week of May 14-20, MassDOT, working in partnership with MassBike, and MassRIDES, the Commonwealth’s statewide travel options program, led a weeklong celebration of bicycling across Massachusetts.
For more information on the League of American Bicyclists and their Bicycle Friendly State ranking, please visit www.bikeleague.org/programs/bicyclefriendlyamerica/bicyclefriendlystate/.
MassBike is the Bay State’s only statewide bicycling advocacy organization, and has been working toward better biking for 35 years. MassBike promotes a bicycle-friendly environment and encourages bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation. For more information about MassBike please visit www.MassBike.org, “like” MassBike on Facebook or follow MassBike on Twitter at @massbike.
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