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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Congratulations to Tennessee

The Bicycle Friendly State (BFS) program links the League of American Bicyclist’s work with federal level and community advocacy throughout the nation and recognizes states that actively support bicycling. The state rankings were first conducted in 2008 and are conducted annually, with all questions and methodology remaining consistent to track states’ progress. The BFS rankings are based on a 95-item questionnaire that evaluates a state’s commitment to bicycling and covers six key areas: legislation, policies and programs, infrastructure, education and encouragement, evaluation and planning, and enforcement.

Tennessee’s 43’rd ranking last year disappointed those working to promote bicycling in our State. In response a lot was accomplished this year both at the State and Municipal level and both in government and advocacy. It was a joint effort of all parties. The improvement was unprecedented click here to find how Tennessee did.

Jessica Wilson (TDOT) took a lot of time and effort this year to complete the survey accurately.  It was reviewed by Pat Clements, Bruce Day, and Tom EvansCopies of it are here.  For a quick summary as to how Tennessee ranked in the individual categories click here.


  1. This is great news. Good work everyone for this progress report after only one year.

  2. This truly was a team effort and in my opinion pretty close to where we should have been ranked last year had we known what was really going on in Tennessee. Jessica Wilson and her cohorts at TDOT made the most difference by assiduously documenting that work. Future gains will be more difficult but we have the tools and talent to become a top ten in a few years.