Wednesday, May 1

STOP. THE. PRESSES.

The League...that is to say, the League of American Bicyclists, but who wants to type all that out?

Anyway, The League posted it's list of rankings for bicycle friendly states.  And the award for most bicycle friendly state goes to...

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Washington.

There's a state called "Washington?"  Ha!  That's pretty cool!

But lookee here!  Colorado is NUMBER #2!!!  Yay, state of my former residence!

So where is Kentucky?  Let's see, scroll down, scroll down, scroll down...wait, I thought there were only 50 states...keep scrolling, keep scrolling...Guam? Is Guam a state? Keep scrolling...keep scrolling...

47?

Out of how many?  Oh, right. 50...

If you put that in fractions it's 47/50.  That's a lot, right?

This is misleading in some ways.  For those that don't know, the League's "bicycle friendly" rankings take a lot into consideration.  There are the five Es: Education, Enforcement, Enfrastructure, Equal Rights...darn, what was the fifth one?  Oh, right, Effing Socialists!

I find riding in Kentucky after five years in Colorado is actually much more relaxing.  People are a lot more considerate, and far less uptight about sharing the road, at least outwardly.  I guess us hillbilly rednecks just like to bottle up our emotions regarding grown men wearing tight spandex and riding toys around on the road.  Bless his heart, he must have lost his license to DUI!

But I have had 99% (made up statistic) fewer car vs. bike confrontations since moving back.  And I get buzzed over 120% less of the time.  But that might also be because I've gone from averaging 450 miles a month to averaging 150 miles a month.  Weep.

2 comments:

  1. LOL at "I guess us hillbilly rednecks just like to bottle up our emotions regarding grown men wearing tight spandex and riding toys around on the road. Bless his heart, he must have lost his license to DUI!"

    Anyway, surprised to see CO beat out OR, but I think a lot of Oregon's bike base is in Portland, so perhaps that is the reasoning there. I think the generalized statements about overall states are misleading anyway. For example, there are great cities and places to ride in CA, just as there are some pretty scary spots that I wouldn't dare set foot, er, wheel. Madison WI seems pretty easy to bike around from my brief time there, but getting from one city to the next by bike could be a bit of a challenge.

    Glad that you're experiencing friendlier drivers on the roads there. Sometimes I think the cyclists in states with fewer riders actually get treated better by cars because there have been fewer run-in's with cyclists, simply because there are fewer on the roads. Just a theory.

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  2. If you could hit 47/50 that would be huge! So hold your head up.....

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