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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. Show bike score rating for ebike riders

    One can improve the bikeability rating if you factor in electric assisted bikes as it relates to a desire/ability to do one's shopping during a commute.

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    • Places to lock bikes

      Places to lock bikes easily. Sometimes, bike lock stations make it difficult to position the bike so that the frame of the bike is locked. This is especially true for some styles of bikes.

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      • Bike-share stations within the walkshed need to be included in the bike score.

        As bike-share has become more popular over the past 5 years, it has also become the primary mode of transportation for many where a destination lies just outside of the walkshed. The current bike score doesn't even factor in this new bike infrastructure when walkability to these bike-share stations should give a boost to the bike score of any location.

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          • Normalize. Why are most of the top 20 cities university towns? Is there a survey bias?

            Adjust for survey bias from avid riders vs less avid riders. Account for full year riding vs just during school terms.

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              • traffic noise

                At the end of a long day at work, a quiet bike ride home can be de-stressing, whereas a constant cacophony of cars, trucks, and motorcycles zooming by only adds stress to the day.

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                • shade

                  In the Texas summer, a bike commute down a shaded street or bike path is a real joy. On the other hand, biking through a vast concrete wasteland in the sun can be downright miserable.

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                  • Solicit and incorporate feedback from residents using a scoring format

                    I looked up my home and it did not have a bike score whereas I love my bike commute to work (6 miles) that is mostly on a bike path so something is wrong with the system. In this case residents should be able to give input on the score somehow.

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                    • Factor in how Courteous a City's Drivers are

                      More courteous drivers means less road rage and safer streets for cyclists. AutoVantage ranks American cities on how courteous drivers are there.

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                      • City has abolished the Minimum Parking Requirements, Zoning improve housing prices improves walking/biking conditions

                        City has abolished the minimum parking requirements, so as to allow this change in zoning and improve housing prices, walking/biking conditions.
                        Forcing owners to build off-street parking instead of letting the developer decide encourages car use and has the effect of subsidizing car use and increasing the cost of housing, making it less likely other will bike, less safe for people that do bike and creates more motor vehicle traffic, with fewer housing options---sprawl.

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                        • number of bicycle classes

                          Many forward thinking cities have classes for adults and children in bicycle safety, some associated with schools others with nonprofit organizations. This factor would be the proximity to classes from a particular address.

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                          • Rates of injury and death, because some cities wouldn't do so well (San Francisco)

                            SF is becoming increasingly dangerous for bicycling as the number of riders increases, whereas other cities are stable or show a decline. So as it currently stands, the Bike Score is better interpreted as how good a city "should" be and not how good it is after factoring in safety (or lack thereof).

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                            • Include Baltimore, Maryland?

                              When is Bike Score going to include more cities and places such as Baltimore, Rockville or Annapolis, Maryland

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                              • number of deaths from autos hitting bicyclists per capita

                                I think some other ideas have alluded to this, ie attitude of drivers towards bikers, awareness, etc but what are your chances of simply riding around a town or area and getting hit by some idiot driver? I live in San Antonio, and while a pretty weather friendly, relatively flat town with allot of bikers, there has been quite a few auto bike related deaths in the last year and I think this needs to be called out for calculating a bike score.

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                                  • Active involvement of cycling advocacy groups with local law enforcement

                                    Cyclists and cycling advocates can work directly with law enforcement on issues of concern to both -- e.g., enforcement of stop and signal rules, motorist behavior towards cyclists, educating scofflaw cyclists, etc.

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                                    • terrain helps approximate disability-access score

                                      routes minimize uphill "helps approximate" a disability-access score. Not perfect, but helps both terrain for a specific address.

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                                      • Traffic volumes and prevailing speed on streets w/bike lanes

                                        If bike lanes are adjacent to high volume or higher speed (> 40 mph) traffic they are not as safe or pleasant an experience for biking & should carry a bikeability penalty.

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