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The Latest LAB "Most Friendly" List

Old 05-23-12, 11:42 PM
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The Latest LAB "Most Friendly" List

I can't face this discussion tonight, so I'll go read and see what you folks have done with after a restful night's sleep.

I do have to ask my standard question, though: Is LAB secretly funded by a large paint manufacturer? And, if they are, why do I keep paying dues?

For the fifth year straight, Washington ranked as the country's most bicycle-friendly state, thanks to policies designed to create alternatives to driving, according to the League of American Bicyclists said.

The advocacy group's Bicycle Friendly State Program ranks the states each year under a series of criteria, from laws and regulations that govern bicycling to policies for accommodating cyclists and infrastructure funding.

"What if we fail to stop the erosion of cities by automobiles?. . . In that case, we Americans will hardly need to ponder a mystery that has troubled men for millennia: What is the purpose of life? For us, the answer will be clear, established and for all practical purposes indisputable: The purpose of life is to produce and consume automobiles."

~Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities
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One of the fundamental aspects of GOOD advocacy is to highlight what's good and what needs fixing... and that simply is not present when then things are lumped into general broad categories so no one knows specifically what's being graded and no one knows how the ranking is done.

The other thing that is messed up is the concept of what's more important, local policies or state polices? In Maryland the State controls less then 10% of the roads and bicycling in that State could be defined as the art of avoiding State roads yet LAB gives Maryland high rankings based on what the State is doing, that does not seem right to me.

Lastly I have an open list of things from the questioner that LAB refuses to respond to. How does this help advocacy if LAB says Maryland has a great bicycle accommodation policy that includes the ability of taking away of bikeable shoulders (or any bike facility) during resurfacing or reconstruction. LAB says it's a great policy so that is that.

So I am very much against the Bike Friendly State ranking in it's current form.
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