Seattle-based Walk Score, the only site that makes it easy for apartment renters and homebuyers to find neighborhoods where they can drive less and live more, announced the launch of Bike Score.
Bike Score is the only quantitative measure of the bikeability of a location based on the availability bike lanes, hilliness, road connectivity, nearby amenities, and the percent of people in that area who bike to work.
“Bicycling saves money on gas and fosters better health and a cleaner environment. But the best part about it is not being trapped in traffic. Biking can turn your commute into the best part of your day,” said Josh Herst, CEO, Walk Score. “Across the country, biking is growing in popularity and we’re excited to celebrate Bike to Work Week by introducing Bike Score to help more people find bicycle friendly places to live.”
Top 10 Most Bikeable Cities
At launch, Bike Score is available in the ten U.S. cities listed above. Bike Score heat maps are also available for ten of the largest Canadian cities including Toronto, Montreal and Calgary.
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, amenities 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. Cities with scores of 70 or higher are considered to be very bikeable, cities with scores between 50 and 69 are bikeable, and cities with scores below 50 are somewhat bikeable.
Walk Score received thousands of votes for over one hundred ideas from customers on how to calculate Bike Score. Bike Score was developed in collaboration with, and a grant from, the Canadian Institute of Health Research. Detailed methodology information is available by clicking here.
“We are thrilled to partner with the popular and well-regarded Walk Score to extend our research to consumers,” said Meghan Winters, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University. “Bike Score will help cities measure and improve their cycling infrastructure – a key to increasing ridership.” Michael Brauer, Professor, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia, also contributed to the development of the Bike Score methodology.
To request Bike Score for your city, visit www.walkscore.com/bike. Walk Score will add Bike Score for the top 10 cities receiving votes between May 14 and May 31, 2012.