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 score = 1.Safety 2. Physical Exertion 3. WX 4. Access

    1. Safety: Most important factor. It should be able to account for: Surface designation (Bike trail most points, Road with bike line less points, road with shoulder or space least points). Car drivers known attitude or awareness in the area. Lighting for night rides. Historical data on bike accidents. Proximity of emergency assistance.

    2. Physical Exertion Difficulty: How many watts will I have to spend getting to most places per mile.
    3. Weather: How many days of the year are not realistic biking days.
    4. Access and distance to common biked to locations
    5. Bike shop support in the area.…

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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 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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        • 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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            • Re-think ALL of your criteria. This should not be a Cultural Desirability Index.

              This forum has highlighted a very important problem: very few people have a clue what makes good bicycling. A smooth, multi-lane road with signals that turn when you approach is pretty much a cyclist's dream. Trying to build a Bike Score based on all these other warm-fuzzy criteria is a waste of time.

              Take for example, the Walkability Score offered by this site: it is really only a quantification based on distance from destinations of presumed interest. But that's not an index of walkability. My neighborhood has sidewalks for children to walk to school, to friends' houses, to the corner…

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              • attitudes of drivers toward cyclists

                how likely am I to be run off the road, honked at, or have cars try to squeeze into the same lane as me?

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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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                      • Petrol Stations - air pumps

                        Locations of petrol stations to fill tires up with air

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                          • Dog friendly off road/parkway rides.

                            Riding with my dog along side for his run is very important. With required citizen cleanup, of course!

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                            • Include on-road bike routes (without bike lan road signs.

                              Include on-road bike routes (without bike lanes )with route & share the road signs.

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                              • Use data from OpenStreetMap!

                                OpenStreetMap is publicly owned and editable data, and a lot of cities already have good sets of bike lane/route data in OSM

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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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                                  • congestion

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

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                                        • History of DPW support in town

                                          Check to find out if the members of the DPW ride bikes, support biking and promote it. If you're town's DPW engineers are anti-biking, it's tough to get them to set up sharrows or lanes or anything to encourage cycling.

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