DOVER, Del. (CBS) – The League of American Bicyclists has released its annual list ranking the most bicycle friendly states.

In its seventh assessment it ranked Delaware number four nationally.

The only states to rank above Delaware are Washington, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Delaware ranked number one on the east coast. It also received 55.7 points out of a possible 100 in its ranking.

Governor Jack Markell commented, “Today’s announcement is a testament to the seriousness with which leaders across our state, from the administration to the General Assembly to community advocates, have taken our work to extend the reach of existing trails and pathways, while constructing new trails where the opportunities are greatest.”

The Bicycle Friendly States says its ranking is based on several indicators, including infrastructure and funding that provide bicycle facilities, education and programs that encourage cycling and enforcement of bicycle-friendly laws that ensure safety and comfort for residents of all ages to ride their bikes.

The League gave Delaware high marks for its bicycle-friendly policies and programs. It also marked high in its education and encouragement of biking.

The report card took note of new commitments by Delaware, involving bicycle education for police and an emphasis on bicycle safety in strategic highway planning.

DelDOT Secretary Shailen Bhatt said, “Receiving national recognition for the hard work of all involved in our efforts to create a more walkable/bikeable Delaware is truly gratifying.”

She added, “The trails and pathways that have been completed or are under construction across our state, as well as those now in the planning stages, deliver on our commitment to provide a transportation system that serves all of our citizens, while building more inter-connected and safer communities. All Delawareans can be justifiably proud of the ranking our state has achieved.”

For more information on the BFS program click here.

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