Massachusetts replaces Washington, which had occupied the top position on the scorecard since 2008, as the nation's most bicycle-friendly state.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker took the opportunity to brag about the rankings in a press release issued on Tuesday afternoon, and promised that his administration “will continue to work with our partners at the local level to build upon this important progress.”
“We are pleased the League has recognized how far Massachusetts has come since 2015 with creating bicycle infrastructure, increasing funding for capital projects, educating the public about bicycling and integrating multimodal policies and approaches with the work we do at MassDOT,” added MassDOT Secretary Jamey Tesler.
The League's scorecard gives Massachusetts “A” grades in four of five categories ("infrastructure and funding," "education and encouragement," "policies and programs," and "evaluation and planning").
However, the Commonwealth scored a lowly "D" in a fifth category for "traffic laws and practices." The League's rankings in that category looked at whether states have enacted various laws to protect bicyclist and pedestrian safety.
Massachusetts failed on most of those criteria, including whether a state uses automated enforcement cameras, whether a motorist is required to pass a bicyclist with at least three feet of distance, and whether a state maintains a public database of statistics to identify racial bias in traffic stops by police.