Last night in Indianapolis, IN at the second annual Places for Bikes Conference organized by People for Bikes, a new, data-driven city rating system was unveiled. While there are plenty of “Best of” lists that rank cities according to all kinds of factors (recreational riding, mountain biking, bicycle commuting rates), this new city rating system is the first of its kind to that compiles and overlays 6 data sources:
- PlacesForBikes Community Survey
- PlacesForBikes City Snapshot
- PlacesForBikes Bike Network Analysis (BNA)
- U.S. Census American Community Survey (ACS)
- Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS)
- Sports Marketing Surveys Bicycle Participation (SMS)
to rank cities according to 5 five major factors: ridership, safety, network, reach and acceleration. Each are scored on a five-point scale, and are weighted equally (20% each) to provide the overall score. Together, these factors provide an overall assessment of the current state of bicycling in a community and how quickly improvements are being made.
Want to see how Tucson ranked?
Visit the Places for Bike website to see our rank and find out more about the methodology and data used to arrive at our ranking. (Psst… here’s a hint, Tucson did well enough to merit receiving an award last night presented to our team at the NCAA Hall of Champions!!)