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June 1, 2015

New Jersey is a pretty bike-friendly state, according to the new rankings by The League of American Bicyclists, but it's not improving much and could do far better. According to the ratings, the Garden State was awarded 49 out of 100 points; last year it earned 53 points.

New Jersey suffered most in the category of legislation and enforcement, and was particularly criticized for not having a law that requires motorists to leave at least three feet between a car and a bicyclist when passing. The state was also faulted for not having a statewide bicycle plan. The current plan is more than 10 years old.

Still, New Jersey was given kudos for a complete streets policy, dedicated state funding for bicycle issues, and an emphasis on bicycle safety in the highway road plan. It also has an active state advocacy group and share-the-road campaign.

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