The League of American Bicyclists has ranked Washington as the most Bicycle Friendly State (BFS) in the nation. This is the third year in a row that Washington has garnered the honor.
The League ranks all 50 states based on data they collect based on the following factors:
- Legislation – laws and regulations which enhance bicycle safety and rights
- Programs and policies – including bike trails, Complete Streets policies, etc.
- Infrastructure – miles of bicycle routes, bicycle trails and bicycle-related projects.
- Education and encouragement – bicycle education directed both motorists and cyclists and promotion of bicycle tourism.
- Evaluation & Planning – how bicycling is included in the state’s highway safety plan, recreation plans and transportation plans. Also includes bicycle accident statistics and bicycle commuting rates.
- Enforcement – training of law enforcement and traffic judges to protect cyclists’ rights.
Washington state vehicle code provides that bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicles (RCW 46.61.755).
This information is provided by Seattle Car Accident Lawyer blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in bicycle accidents and the family of those killed. Because bicycle accidents can result in serious injuries including traumatic brain injury, fractures and even death, it is important that you have a bicycle accident lawyer who will fight to make sure your rights are protected and that you receive compensation for your damages.