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Videos: Best bicycling states of 2013 -- and why Colorado finished near the top

The League of American Bicyclists is out with its list of the best states for cycling -- and Colorado finished in impressive fashion.

Not that the League thinks any state has achieved perfection when it comes to welcoming and protecting cyclists. In our top ten list below, we've included the organization's report cards -- things that can be done to make the cycling experience even better -- along with videos from each state and the complete fifty-state rundown. Check it all out below.

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Number 10: Arizona

• Adopt a vulnerable road user law that increases penalties for a motorist that injures or kills a bicyclist or pedestrian.

• Develop a Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) curriculum for bicycling enforcement both for new officers and continuing education -- focus on laws related to bicyclists, interactions between motorists and bicyclists, and bicycle collision investigation.

• Integrate bicycle enforcement training into the police academy curriculumfor new officers.

• Adopt a statewide, all-ages cell phone and texting ban to combat distracted driving and increase safety for everyone.

• Collect data regarding enforcement actions against motorists based on incidents with bicycles,such as traffic tickets issued, prosecutions, or convictions.

• Create a system of state bike routes that are safe (e.g.wide shoulders, bike lanes, etc.), connect to destinations, and are suitable for all types of bicyclists.

• Dedicate state funding for bicycle projects and programs, especially those focused on safety and eliminating gaps and increasing access for bicycle networks.

• Hold a state bicycle summit with opportunities for professional development, contact with elected officials, and networking.

• Add bicycle safety as an emphasis area in the state Strategic Highway Safety Plan and aggressively fund bike safety projects.

• Ensure that bicycle safety is amajor emphasis in all transportation projects, programs and policies to address this issue.

Number 9: Illinois

• Adopt performance measures,such as a low percentage of exempted projects, to better track and support Complete Streets/Bike Accommodation Policy compliance.

• Adopt federal funding project rating criteria that incentivize bicycle projects and accommodations, particularly in road projects.At least 80% of TA should be spend on bike/ped projects.

• Aggressively partner with bicycle advocates to promote the online bike safety learning quizzes for adult cyclists, motorists, and child cyclists,which are currently being developed.Ideally, the quizzes should be included in PE learning standards, and be routinely used in traffic school and drivers education programs.

• Collect data regarding enforcement actions against motorists based on incidents with bicycles, such as traffic tickets issued, prosecutions, or convictions.The new bike safety quizzes could be used as diversion or education tool.

• Add bicycle safety as an emphasis area in the state Strategic Highway Safety Plan and aggressively fund bike safety projects taking advantage of HSIP/402 funding.

• Adopt performance measures to decrease bicycle fatalities.Ensure that bicycle safety is a major emphasis in all transportation projects, programs and policies to address this issue.

• Adopt a statewide, all-ages cell phone ban to combat distracted driving and increase safety for everyone.

• Adopt amode share goal for biking to encourage the integration of bicycle transportation needs into all transportation and land use policy and project decisions.

• Since arterial and collectorroads are the backbone of every transportation network, it is essential to provide adequate bicycle facilities along these roads.

Continue to keep counting down the best bicycling states of 2013 -- and to see where Colorado finished.