The League of American Bicyclists has ranked Washington State as the best in the U.S. for bicyclists. There criteria takes in to account biking legislation, policies and programs, infrastructure, education and encouragement, evaluation and planning and enforcement.
Yes, biking is very popular here. One of the most scenic routes is the 30-mile loop around Lopez Island in the San Juan Islands Archipelago. Board a ferry in Anacortes for a beautiful ride through the San Juans and debark on Lopez.
Probably our most nationally known race is the Group Health Seattle To Portland Bicycle Classic. This year the 200-mile jaunt, better known as the STP, takes place on July 9 and 10, but alas it’s already sold out. Last year 10,000 bikers took on the trek and the oldest was 87 years old.
Since biking has increased substantially here since 2009, the Washington State Department of Transportation has been engaged in keeping our roads safer for them.
The least bike-friendly state: West Virginia