Virginia has received a 17th-place ranking in the League of American Bicyclists’ 2012 list of bicycle-friendly states, communities, universities and businesses. States and communities are scored on the basis of physical infrastructure, education programs, incentives and promotions, law enforcement and a commitment to plan for the future.
Given the recent emergence of a bicycle movement in Virginia, that’s not half bad. But it represents a disappointing tumble from No. 11 in 2011. We’re moving ahead — but not nearly as quickly as other states, apparently.
Six Virginia communities were recognized. Arlington and Charlottesville won silver ratings, while Alexandria, Harrisonburg, Richmond and Roanoke snagged bronze.
Virginia Commonwealth University scored a silver rating, and George Mason University pulled down a bronze.
Twenty-four businesses were recognized, including platinum winner Alta Planning & Design, a company specializing in creating bikeable and walkable communities, that is headquartered in Portland, Ore., and maintains an office in Arlington.
Hat tip: Champe Burnley