Tennessee becoming more bicycle friendly

10:30 AM, May 1, 2013   |    comments
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Tennessee is the second most bicycle friendly state in the south, according to the League of American Bicyclists.  The state ranks 17th nationally, up from 26th in 2012.

"With all the competing transportation needs we have, Tennessee is proud to be making gains in the area of bicycle friendliness," said Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer. "The network of bike lanes across the state is growing each and every year and we will continue to dedicate funding for important programs such as Safe Routes to School."

The rankings are based on factors including infrastructure and funding that provide on-the-ground bicycle facilities; educational programs that promote cycling, and passage and enforcement of bicycle friendly laws that increase safety for riders of all ages.

The League of American Bicyclists commended TDOT for developing a statewide bicycle plan, and for including a bicycle safety emphasis in its Strategic Highway Safety Plan.

"We are making great strides in implementing bicycle features into our transportation planning and will continue to work with communities across the state on creating "complete streets" that encourage cycling and other modes of transportation," added TDOT Chief of Environment and Planning Toks Omishakin. "These efforts will help us continue to improve our bicycle friendly ranking."

The annual awards are to encourage states to improve their bike-friendliness.

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