Kentucky scores near bottom for bicycle friendly states

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A 2015 study on bicycle safety found only Alabama ranked worse than Kentucky for being a bicycle-friendly state.

The League of American Bicyclists annually ranks all 50 states based on survey that is answered by each state's department of transportation. The group considers a variety of factors, including legislation, enforcement of road rules, and education.

In its 2015 rankings, Kentucky scored 49th by just earning 18 of 100 possible points in the survey.

Recommendations for Kentucky from the group include adopting a safe passing law with a minimum distance of three feet, updating existing laws, and updating the state's policies and procedures to promote safer bicycling.

"Recent events show that interactions between bicyclists, drivers, and law enforcement can be contentious," the report wrote.

In 2014, bike commuter Cherokee Schill went to court after Jessamine County wanted to ban her for riding her bicycle on U.S. 27 after police said she causing a cafety concern.

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