West Virginia still has a steep hill to climb in terms of being one of the most bicycle-friendly states in the country, but it appears to be making some progress, according to new state-by-state rankings.
Moving the needle upward for West Virginia this year was a law passed in 2014 that requires motorists to allow three feet of space when passing a bicyclist and improvements in two primary categories: legislation and enforcement, and infrastructure and funding.
Huntington also has made strides in recent years to encourage bicycling. The creation of the Paul Ambrose Trail for Health, a combination of new trails and existing city streets, has opened up more bicycling paths for local residents. The city of Huntington also has marked bicycle lanes on many streets, and has passed ordinances that put local laws governing bicycle traffic in line with state law improvements.
The number of bicycle enthusiasts also has increased. Group bicycle rides have grown from just a few participants at a time several years ago to more than 100 taking part in monthly free rides in the area…