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What should we include in Bike Score?

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  1. congestion

    Include the frequency and severity of automobile congestion into the score.

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    • Info on markets, bakeries, restaurants within 3 miles; also info on street lane widths

      Info on services and stores within a three mile radius is part of what matters to a community's bikeability--the ability to conduct errands etc on bike without a car--could also include info on lane widths of roads to give some sense of how easily a road can be shared with traffic

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      • Density of destinations within a 2mi (3km) radius. Retail, office, residential, parks, etc.

        With 40% of trips (in the US) under 2 miles (3km), areas with relatively higher density of destinations should receive a higher score. Even exurbs with the best infrastructure won't be very bike-able if everything is 5 miles (8km) away.

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          • Off-Road Bike Routes

            Bike lanes are dandy, sidewalks are serviceable; but ACTUAL bicycle-paths (divergent from street routes) should be the biggest factor

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            • Highway/freeway avoidance

              How easy is it to get from point A to point B and avoid highways and freeways?

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                  • Alleys are kid-friendly bike and walk paths

                    Alleys are safer and kid-friendly for both bike and walking. More weight should be attributed to neighborhoods containing alleys because it encourages walk/rides. I know it does in our neighborhood

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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.

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                      • 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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                          • Traffic Density and Speed Limits

                            The lower and slower, respectively, the better.

                            305 votes
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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.

                              297 votes
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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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                                  • 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.

                                    145 votes
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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.

                                      147 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.

                                        159 votes
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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.

                                          117 votes
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