PlacesForBikes is a data-driven approach to identifying the best U.S. towns for bicycling and rewarding those that are improving the fastest.
The ratings are based on five factors: Ridership, Safety, Network, Reach and Acceleration and includes publicly available data from government sources and new data gathered from our Community Survey, City Snapshots, and Bicycle Network Analysis tool (BNA). The first round of city ratings will be released in spring 2018.
The City Snapshot gathers data on a city’s existing bike network and planned improvements to provide a full picture of bicycling in the community. The City Snapshot is currently closed and will reopen in the fall for the 2019 ratings. Here’s a PDF preview of the PlacesForBikes City Snapshot. Here’s how to convert centerline miles for varying types of infrastructure.
The Community Survey asks questions such as how safe biking feels, whether it’s getting better, and about favorite places to ride in your hometown. The Community Survey is closed for 2017; it will open again in August 2018.
The Bicycle Network Analysis (BNA) helps communities assess the degree to which people can comfortably bike to the places they want to go. Learn more about the BNA here.