Research Rest-Stop │ Introducing Bike Score

Every Wednesday, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities (MOTU) highlights some interesting research related to or innovations in transportation, sustainability, or energy.

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You’ve heard about Walk Score. You’ve heard about Transit Score. Well, now be prepared to hear about Bike Score!

Bike Score is the newest venture from the creators of Walk Score and Transit Score. Like the other “scores,” 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.”

Bike Score was developed through analysis of Geographic Information System (GIS) data provided by city governments, including data related to bike lane infrastructure. The data was organized and standardized into four categories: 1) on-street bike lanes; 2) off-street trails; 3) separated bike lanes; and 4) bike-friendly streets and greenways. For each location, Bike Score developers calculated the total sum of all nearby bike lanes as one of the factors for determining such location’s Bike Score. Additional factors related to hilliness, the amount of amenities in a given area, road connectivity, and bicycle mode share were also included. To learn more about the methodology behind Bike Score, check out this Bike Score post.

So far, Bike Scores have been developed for ten cities across the United States: Minneapolis, Portland, OR, San Francisco, Boston, Madison, WI, Washington, DC, Seattle, Tucson, New York City, and Chicago.

New cities are also being added. If you’re interested in finding out the Bike Score for Philadelphia, visit Walk Score to voice your interest. Walk Score will calculate Bike Scores for the top ten cities receiving votes between May 14 and May 31, 2012.

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