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Georgia ranks 26th among bicycle-friendly states

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

Georgia is the 26th most bicycle-friendly state in the nation, according to the latest ranking by the League of American Bicyclists. 

The Peach State also ranked fourth-best in the South. The rankings are based on several factors, including infrastructure and funding for on-the-ground bicycle facilites, education programs that encourage cycling and the passage of bicycle-friendly laws that make it safe for cyclists to ride.

Overall, Georgia scored 38.57 points out of 100. The League of American Bicyclists released the rankings to kick off National Bike Month. 

The organization said Georgia excels in the policy arena, with one of the nation's most forward-thinking "Complete Streets" policies. But officials with the organization say state funding is needed to implement safer roadways. 

The more than two dozen local bicycle safety organizations were also identified as a strength by the League of American Bicyclists. These groups collaborate with Georgia Bikes for statewide improvements to infrastructure and law enforcement.  

"Georgia is hungry for bicycle improvements," Georgia Bikes Executive Director Brent Buice said. "Bicycle ridership is higher than ever - for both transportation and recreation. Cities are passing ‘Complete Streets' policies across the state, and enthusiastic, grassroots advocacy organizations are fostering tangible improvements to the quality of life of cities from Rome to Savannah."

The Bicycle Friendly States program is more than an annual assessment. Throughout the year, League staff will work actively with state officials and advocacy leaders to help Georgia identify and implement the programs, policies and campaigns that will improve conditions for bicyclists.

Learn more about the BFS program at www.bikeleague.org/content/states.

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