MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — For many, this comes as no surprise: Minnesota has retained its ranking as the second most bike-friendly state in the United States.

Since 2008, Minnesota has consistently ranked in the top five of the annual list from the League Of American Bicyclist.

The ranking is based on key indicators, including funding and infrastructure for safe places to bike, promotion of cycling and bicycle-friendly laws.

“This ranking signifies that we continue to move in the right direction,” said Tim Mitchell, Minnesota Department of Transportation bicycle and pedestrian coordinator. “We still have some work to do to accomplish our collective goal to become the most bicycle friendly state, but the efforts and leadership of all the agencies that support bicycling shows we are continually making progress.”

Nearly half of Minnesotans rode a bike last year, according to MnDOT.

“Retaining the number two ranking is recognition of the good work we’re doing and something we can be really proud of,” said Dorian Grilley, executive director of the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota. “Our ranking recognizes that we have made significant improvement around the state, and that the competition around the country is really fierce. Competitors are using us as their model and motivation to become more bike friendly. For 2016 we’ve got our sights set on being number one.”

Minnesota will have some work cut out for it to achieve the top spot, however. Washington has remained in the top spot for the last eight years.

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