According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of people nationwide who are riding a bicycle to work increased 60 percent over the last decade. Biking can improve your health, help you save money and cut down on carbon emissions.
States, cities and companies are helping expand nonmotorized transportation options for their communities. On National Bike to Work Day, USGBC is revisiting how some of our 2018 Top 10 States for LEED make cyclists a priority.
- Massachusetts: In Massachusetts, just over half of all trips made are less than three miles, yet 80 percent of these trips are being made by automobiles. Examples like this are why the Bay State is taking a new look at bicycling with its 2019 Massachusetts Bicycle Transportation Plan, which allocates $60 million to cover the rollout of bike and pedestrian transportation initiatives.
- Washington: Washington has been ranked the most bike-friendly U.S. state every year since 2008 by the League of American Bicyclists. Part of the state’s appeal to bicyclists comes from legislation like Target Zero—a goal to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries on Washington's roadways to zero by the year 2030.
- Colorado: Colorado has been a constant in USGBC’s Top 10 rankings since the list's inception in 2010. Over the past few years, the state has also become dedicated to alternative modes of transportation with initiatives like the Pedals Project. The project is working with public and private agencies to help make Colorado “the best state” for bicycling.
- New York: New York City alone boasts 800,000 people riding a bicycle on a regular basis. At the state level, a variety of programs and initiatives showcase support for bicyclists. In 2017, “Bike Friendly New York” began as a certification program administered by Parks & Trails New York and the New York State Canal Corporation. It aims to recognize and promote businesses that provide special accommodations for bicyclists.
- California: The Golden State actively supports its cyclists and alternative modes of transportation through initiatives like the Complete Streets for Active Living Bill. Under this bill, the California department of transportation, Caltrans, is required to design streets to accommodate all modes of transportation, including bicycles, pedestrians, transit vehicles, trucks and cars.
To help create more bike-friendly communities, LEED certification offers multiple credits that support cycling. LEED v4.1 offers several credits related to cycling, in addition to credits within LEED for Neighborhood Development. GBCI’s Parksmart also supports such credits. These credits include3 on-site bike storage, showers for cycling commuters, accessibility to nearby bike paths, protected bike lanes and even parking for bicycles in garages.
To learn more about these credits, visit the LEED credit library.