Things to Do

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

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Number 8: Wisconsin

• 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 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 connect to destinations, and are suitable for all types of bicyclists.

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

• Update your state bicycle master plan.The plan update should evaluate and build on the previous bicycle master plan, and reflect changes in bicycle user needs.

• Adopt performance measures to decrease bicycle fatalities.

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

Number 7: New Jersey

• Adopt a 'move over' law similar to a 'police/emergency vehicle move over' law to address bicyclist safety.

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

• Adopt a law prohibiting a motorist from opening an automobile's door unless the motorist is able to do so safely.

• Ensure that Hurricane Sandy rebuild efforts along the Jersey Shore include Complete Streets and safe cycling infrastructure.

• Integrate bicycle enforcement training into the police academy curriculum for new officers. instructor training is offered by the International Police Mountain Bike Association, the Law Enforcement Bicycle Association and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

• Adopt a policy requiring state office buildings, state park and recreation facilities, and other state facilities to provide bicycle parking.

• The state is spending a low amount of federal funding on bicyclists and pedestrians.Adopt federal funding project rating criteria that incentivize bicycle projects and accommodations.

• Update your state bicycle master plan.The plan update should evaluate and build on the previous bicycle master plan, and reflect changes in bicycle user needs.

• New Jersey has a high number of bicyclist fatalities. Adopt performancemeasuresto decrease bicycle fatalities and ensure that bicycle safety is a major emphasis in all transportation projects, programs and policies to address this issue.

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

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