MASON CITY, Iowa – Although the weather may not be of any help, the latest bike state rankings are out just in time for National Bike Month.
In the latest rankings, Iowa has dropped from number 21 to number 25 and Minnesota jumps back into number two.
The statistics are based on a number of key factors like infrastructure and funding that provide on-the-ground bicycle facilities and education.
State bike enthusiasts say the rankings come as a shock with all the recent work done to promote healthy lifestyle choices.
“It’s surprising that we slipped seeing what’s happening locally with the Blue Zones and our area bicycle and pedestrian master plan. It is surprising and I think as a state as a whole we are trying hard but everybody else is trying hard as well,” said Matt Curtis, owner of Wayne’s Ski and Cycles.
First on the list is Washington state and following Minnesota, Wisconsin ranks third.
“I think it’s easy to look and say we need more bike trails but outside of that it’s education, it’s legislation. There’s more than just the common things that we think of. So it goes deeper than what we just see on the surface,” said Curtis.
For a complete list of how these stats are broken down by state, visit the link below: