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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. Average tree cover over the length of the route.

    Algorithmically, you'd have to intersect the route with a layer like the MODIS Percent Tree Cover Layer or one of the layers being developed at 30- or 250-m resolution by the Global Land Cover Facility (http://glcf.umiacs.umd.edu/research/portal/gfcc/index.shtml), then calculate the average over path length.

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      • Number of amenities within avg bike trip distance

        It's important that there are a variety of amenities, shops, groceries, stores within easy bike distance for a neighborhood to be considered bikeable.

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        • Truck Traffic

          Roadways with high volumes of truck traffic can be intimidating to riders. They should be identified and included in Bike 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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            • rate of bike thefts in area

              Why park your bike where you know it'll be stolen or have the parts stripped? (I'm talking to you, north side RPS.)

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              • 7 votes
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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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                  • 6 votes
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                    • hills should only hurt a score if they are toward grocerys.

                      hills matter but not as much if they are toward a park or somewher eyou go for lesuire anyway. if they are between you and work, or you and groceries its a bigger deal. im coming from the 'dont own car' camp.

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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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                        • Safety for families to ride, not just adults.

                          If we want to make biking a way of life, then we should start it as early as possible. Bike lanes next to cars are fine for adults, but may not be the best route for younger riders.

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                              • Directness of bike-specific or multi-use facilities.

                                Does the path have more turns than the comparable on-street route, forcing you to cover more distance than is necessary (or cut overland on "commuter's singletrack")?There's nothing worse than a great off-road path that meanders all over the place without regard for the topography or logic, just because some landscape designed thought that looked nice from 1000 feet.

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                                • Shared Space principles

                                  The Dutch model of Shared Space involves removing most rules but leaving 2 (30km/hour speed plus cars give way to cyclists). This allows traffic to self-organise. A zone could work coz it's Shared Space, but fail to score on other criteria, such as Separate Paths for bikes. In Shared Space, separation of traffic is not necessary.

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                                  • How family friendly is the route?

                                    Rank the family-friendliness of the route by combining positve & negative features like congestion, scenery, stopping areas, traffic speed, on & off road routes

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                                    • Bikes with trailers should be scored higher than rider only bikes.

                                      A sturdy trailer makes a bike much more manageable with a load of groceries or other supplies.

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                                      • Real Time Traffic data

                                        Overlay of real time traffic data and historical averages to gauge relative road safety

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                                        • Whether the location has Mandatory Helmet Laws (MHL) for cyclists. MHLs deter cycling. Places with MHL should be significantly downgraded.

                                          Whether the location has Mandatory Helmet Laws (MHL) for cyclists. MHLs deter cycling. Places with MHL should be significantly downgraded.

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