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. 23 votes
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    • 22 votes
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      • Use "indicator species" data: women and kids

        One of the best indicators of a bicycle-friendly area is the proportion of female riders. The same could be said of kids. When data is available, female:male ridership ratios tend to reflect subjective safety and welcoming infrastructure. Just look at European bike meccas. Might sound sexist, but based on sound sociologic data on risk perception.

        21 votes
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        • Shoulder width. Continuity of shoulder thru intersections.

          Many roads have no shoulders at intersections. A single car lane turns into two lanes for cars and no place for bikes.

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          • # of miles of separated bike lanes within one mile of house

            In addition to bike lanes & designated bike blvds, I particularly like biking to different destinations on separated bike lanes. So this would also be a city bike score in addition to the proximity of these routes to a home.

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            • Bike sharing

              Most big cities have bike sharing service: bikescore should know it, and keep it's proximity in count. (bike sharing data is often available in openstreetmap database)

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              • Proximity to bike shop.

                Access to retail and repair shops.

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                • The Actual Speed of Cars on the Road

                  Notwithstanding the importance of speed limits, it is important to analyze how fast cars are actually traveling during peak bike commuting times. Cars may speed and exceed the posted speed limit or traffic may inhibit cars from traveling at the posted limit.

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                  • Is there full-time City staff dedicated to bicycling?

                    More and more cities are hiring dedicated bike/ped planners & engineers working to make their city more bicycle and pedestrian friendly.

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                    • Bicycle Friendly Award

                      The bicycle League of America has a bicycle friendly award that this or other similar awards should be taken in to consideration on the score of an area. http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/bicyclefriendlyamerica/

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                      • Value Bike-Enabled Transit

                        Include a value for access to good transit with generous/good/poor bike access & secure parking on site. Examples of conditions include: bike lanes leading to transit points, good or no schedule limits for bikes on board, frequently functional elevators, rolling ramps along staircases, BikeStations/lock box parking, etc.

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                        • Equitable distribution of bicycling infrastructure and amenities

                          A location's bike score should capture the extent to which the nearby bicycling infrastructure and amenities serve a diverse range of users (e.g., people of color, immigrants, women, children, all socioeconomic classes, seniors, etc.).

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                          • Base BikeScore on amenities within distance coverable in 5-20 minutes (similar to WalkScore)

                            The Walk Score methodology focuses on amenities that can be reached on foot within 5-20 minutes. Translating this to the BikeScore would suggest a radius of 1-3 miles, taking account of traffic.

                            Here's how the Walk Score is calculated: "Amenities within .25 miles receive maximum points and no points are awarded for amenities further than one mile." For an average person walking 3 miles/hour, this means that amenities that can be reached within 5-20 minutes are counted toward the Walk Score.

                            Translating this to the BikeScore, amenities within 5-20 minutes should be counted toward the Bike Score. For a novice…

                            13 votes
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                            • Connectivity and Ease

                              Connections to other bikeways, bike collision history, proximity to various attractors (schools, shopping, parks), presence of bus routes as a detractor since it is less desirable to be riding next to a bus...BUT connections to bus stops is a good thing so long as bikes are allowed on buses, speed limits, street width, traffic volume and slope.

                              12 votes
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                              • Typical distance between signals or stop signs

                                On surface streets, the distance between stop signs can really change the experience (assuming you're stopping or at least slowing at each of them). The fewer stops, the better (and the less illegality if you're blowing them).

                                10 votes
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                                • 10 votes
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                                  • 10 votes
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                                    • Make it Customizable

                                      the user sets the distance they're willing to bike for amenities, and the bikescore adjusts according to the amenities within that radius

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                                      • amount of on-street auto parking

                                        High number of cars parked on the street increases likelihood of a "dooring" accident

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                                        • 9 votes
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