PeopleForBikes recently announced the first ever tool for measuring and comparing bike infrastructure around the country. The tool can be found here, and if you would like to a more in-depth exploration of what they found you can check out the PeopleForBikes blog post here.
The new PlacesForBikes Bike Network Analysis is a first-of-its-kind project and a work in progress. Using OpenStreetMap (a sort of Wikipedia for online maps) and the widely respected “level of traffic stress” methodology developed by Northeastern University’s Peter Furth, PeopleForBikes developed digital records of the biking networks in 299 U.S. cities and assigned a numerical score to how well each one connects people to places.
“What it measures is whether people can get to key destinations on a low-stress network,” said Jennifer Boldry, Ph.D, director of research at PeopleForBikes and lead creator of the BNA. “That’s kind of different from how good it is to bike, because I think there are many elements to the enjoyability of a bike ride.”
While this tool provides some interesting data and findings, PeopleForBikes is looking to grow the amount of data they have on networks around the country.
“The way we’re thinking about it right now is that right now the maps and scores are truly a beta test,” she said. “We’re in sort of a review period until July 14, where we’re soliciting feedback from cities and advocacy and anybody who is interested in this sort of thing.”
Interested parties can submit data by completing this survey.