Bike Score™

What are the most important factors to include in a Bike Score calculation?

What should we include in Bike Score?

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  1. Bike Infrastructure: Lanes/Paths, Parking, Bike Shops

    Bike lanes and paths, bike parking, and bike shops are needed for mere mortals to feel comfortable biking.

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    • Walk Score of Bikeable Area

      Being able to bike to lots of amenities should increase your Bike Score. Suggest calculating the Walk Score of the area you can bike to and factoring that into the Bike Score.

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      • 334 votes
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        • Traffic Density and Speed Limits

          The lower and slower, respectively, the better.

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          • Include Hills and Elevation Gain/Loss

            Steep hills should hurt the Bike Score of an area. I'd suggest analyzing the elevation gain/loss around the radius of a location. Maybe use 3.25 miles or a 15 minute bike ride.

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            • Safe and direct bike routes connecting location to amentities.

              Seems similar to walkscore, but you need a way to identify (and hopefully weigh) good routes. It's not enough to have a few nearby lanes or paths, they need to actually connect you to the places you want to go (work, parks, businesses, etc.). Bonus points for nearby bike shops.

              238 votes
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              • 192 votes
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                • Include Bike Accident Data

                  Bicycle accident data could be used to come up with a bicycle safety rating for an area.

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                  • Number of bicyclists

                    Ummm.... what other more direct indicator is there? Algorithms are helpful, but sampling of actual cycling is key.

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                    • An option to change the distance (ie from 5 to 10 miles)

                      For some, a bikeable distance may only be 2 miles, while others are willing to ride 20 miles.

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                      • Ability to cross major arterials at a traffic signal

                        Even with a good grid of streets, it can be difficult to bike if major arterials do not have signalized crossing points.

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                        • Low Level of Service for Cars

                          Low, throughput and speed and high congestion and driver awareness are good for biking comfort and safety. The also tend to be the streets with the most enjoyable contexts.

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                          • 83 votes
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                            • Number of bike racks within 2-5 square miles.

                              Available bike parking is key to a successful bike friendly commercial district.

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                              • 64 votes
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                                • 63 votes
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                                  • Enforcement level: Police willingness to cite dangerous behavior by and toward cyclists.

                                    Drivers and pedestrians who don't share well, cyclists who try to run down pedestrians or who weave in traffic, etc., all make cycling harder. How well do the police know and enforce local ordinances?

                                    41 votes
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                                    • Bike wayfinding signs with distance and times

                                      I find that unless you know an area really well it is really easy to get lost on a bike, especially if your are new to a town. Wayfinding signs are very helpful, good for marketing bicycle trips, and not expensive. Signs are a lot of bang for the buck.

                                      39 votes
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                                      • Bike/Car ratio

                                        How many bikes are on the streets/paths vs the number of cars.

                                        32 votes
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                                        • Bicycling mode share.

                                          Use US Census data on bike-to-work mode share in the corresponding census district to estimate bikeability.

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