Massachusetts has vaulted into the TOP TEN among states for being Bicycle Friendly, vaulting ten places, from 19th in 2009 to become the 9th Most “Bicycle Friendly State” for 2010, in an announcement by the League of American Bicyclists.
In addition, the League's staff and local reviewers also recognized Massachusetts with a special Bronze level award. Both are prestigious national honors and recognize all the changes implemented since MassDOT began on November 1, 2009. Important innovations include implementation of the Healthy Transportation Compact with a stated target of making Massachusetts a Top Ten Bicycle Friendly State and implementation of the GreenDOT policy, MassDOT’s comprehensive sustainability initiative that includes promoting walking, bicycling, and public transit as one of its central goals.
Key to these honors has been the teamwork across divisions in recognizing and promoting the value of bicycling. The RMV, MBTA, Highway and Aeronautics Divisions have made important contributions to bicycling as MassDOT becomes a truly multi-modal DOT focused on customer service and safety. We are proud of our regional, municipal and advocate partner relationships which have allowed us to work together statewide to act on MassDOT’s Sustainability and Livability Policy Framework.
Thank you to everyone who is working to advance bicycle transportation in Massachusetts. We now have to reset our goal and aspire to be the nation’s top bicycle friendly state!