Central Florida often ranks as the nation's riskiest area for pedestrians, but at least one group says Orlando does better when it comes to bicyclists.
This year, Orlando made a list of 11 bike-friendly communities in Florida, which moved to 28th from 31st in state rankings of the League of American Bicyclists.
Founded in 1880, the group annually ranks states on bike-friendliness based on such factors as bike-trail networks, bike parking, bike-education courses, vocal bike-advocacy groups and more.
The league also rates especially bike-friendly communities, businesses and universities.
Eleven communities statewide were named bicycle-friendly, but only Orlando made the list in Central Florida — albeit at "bronze" level (higher ratings include silver, gold and platinum). Seven businesses statewide were rated unusually bike-friendly, with two of those in Central Florida: Out-Spoke'N Bike Shop of Lake Mary and Redmon Design Co. landscape architects of Maitland. Only one Florida university was ranked bike-friendly: the University of Miami.
The other 10 cities in Florida rated as bike-friendly were Lakeland, St. Petersburg, Tallahassee, Miami, Sanibel, Venice, Boca Raton, Gainesville, Fernandina Beach and Weston. Broward County also was named.
Washington state ranked No. 1, while Alabama was 50th. The District of Columbia ranked 51st.
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