There was a lot of discussion in the comments on Dottie’s last post about what makes a city bike-friendly. On the heels of that comes The League of American Bicyclist’s 2009 list of rankings of states for bike-friendliness. Unsurprisingly, their rankings line up with the more conventional assessment: Illinois (12) beat the pants off us Tennesseans (43, not an auspicious number).
Our #43 ranking is especially disappointing since Tennessee was ranked #36 just last year. I have to assume this decline means that other states have just gotten bike friendly more quickly, since I have yet to read a story about the obliteration of bike lanes or greenways anywhere in our state, but it’s still disheartening. The bright spot, according to them, seems to be Chattanooga, which received a bronze star for the Tennessee River Park and the Chattanooga Greenway. The city was already on my list to visit this summer or fall, since a good friend of mine just relocated there, and now I know to bring my bike along!
So where does your state fall—and do you agree with the ranking? Do you think rating cities is a more worthwhile exercise? (Memphis is bringing us down, man!)
Speaking of rankings, Dottie and I saw Let’s Go Ride a Bike show up in some pretty interesting ones over the last week or so. Today we discovered we’d squeaked into the top 50 cycling blogs, as ranked by London Cyclist—what a thrill to end up on a list that featured some of our favorite sites!
And last week, a commenter told us we’d been mentioned in Adventure Cycling magazine’s May “Letter from the Editor” as one of his favorite cycling blogs. Again, it’s very cool to be in the company of some of the blogs that inspired us to start this one. Where will we end up next?