After Walkability and Transit Quality, Walk Score Now Ranks Cities by Bikeability
How Does Your City Fare?Walk Score is expanding the services that it offers so much that at some point they'll have to change their name. We recently wrote about their new transit ranking, and now they've announced that they created a new ranking of the top most bikeable cities in the U.S. and Canada.
How Bike Score Works
Bike Score provides a 0-100 rating of the bikeability of a location based on the availability of bike infrastructure (lanes and trails), the hilliness of the area, destinations and road connectivity, and the number of bike commuters.
The Bike Score for a city is then calculated by applying the Bike Score algorithm block-by-block throughout the city and weighting the scores by population density. Read the methodology details.
We collected thousands of votes for over one hundred ideas from our community on how to calculate Bike Score. Thank you!
The Bike Score methodology was developed in collaboration with Professor Meghan Winters at Simon Fraser University and Professors Michael Brauer and Kay Teschke at the University of British Columbia under a grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
Some interesting stats are also included:
• Americans made 4 billion trips by bicycle in 2009, more than twice as many as in 2001.
• Bike commuting increased 43% between 2000 and 2010.
• 71% of Americans say they would like to bicycle more than they do now.