Last week, the rankings for the2015 Bicycle Friendly Stateswere released by the League of American Bicyclists.Virginia ranked 13thnationally and 1stamong southern states.The ranking is determined after scoring for several different categories is calculated.Some of these categories include infrastructure and funding that provide for bike facilities, education and encouragement programs that promote bicycling, passage and enforcement of bicycle-friendly laws that make it safe and easy for people of all ages to ride, policies and programs that provide for a safe biking environment, and evaluation and planning.
Virginia was the first state to start taking action to promote safer routes for bicyclists.In 1982, Virginia designated 838 miles of United States Interstate Bicycle routes.TheVirginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)tries expanding paved shoulders on Virginia’s roadways as much as possible in order to make it safer for bicyclists.Nationally, Virginia improved five spots on the list and hopes to continue this trend of improvement over the next several years.The VDOT commissioner is happy with the improvement in ranking and attributes the better ranking to the VDOT taking the time “to listen to our partners in bicycling communities across the commonwealth” and continuing to “look for opportunities to improve bicycling safety and accessibility throughout Virginia.”
TheVDOTsuggests some tips to always remember for safe bicycling:
- Be a responsible bicyclist—obey all traffic control devices and use proper hand signals
- Always ride with the flow of traffic
- Dress safely—wear a helmet, wear bright colored clothing, and secure loose pant legs
If you or a family member have been injured or killed in a bicycling accident and would like to consult an experienced Virginia personal injury attorney for free, contact our office at (703) 734-8790 to schedule an appointment at one of our office locations inAlexandriaor throughout Northern Virginia or visit us online athttp://www.portnerandshure.com/Personal-Injury/