These two data sources, typically submitted by city staffers, are important parts of the PlacesForBikes city ratings. For a town to maximize its rating, two tasks should be completed:
This is an online form, best completed by a city staffer or other professional with detailed knowledge of existing and planned bike projects. Please complete one City Snapshot per municipality by April 15, 2017.
Here is a sample of the City Snapshot questions. If you’re the right person to fill out the City Snapshot, please submit your contact information by clicking "Register for the City Snapshot" above and a unique survey link will be emailed to you. In order to answer all the questions in the City Snapshot, you may be required to collect data from colleagues in other divisions, agencies or organizations.
For instructions on converting lane-miles to centerline miles for the City Snapshot survey, please review our centerline mile conversion charts (PDF).
The new PlacesForBikes network connectivity tool is one of the most exciting benefits of participating in PlacesForBikes city ratings. It measures the quality of the bike network in your town and analyzes the connections to key destinations.
Cities that are analyzed by this tool will be able to evaluate their networks on our website. They'll also be able to download the analysis for further exploration in a GIS program such as ArcMap.
To get your network analyzed this year for free, you can fully complete the city snapshot survey (above).
This network analysis is based on the bike facilities in OpenStreetMap. Many cities do not yet have their full bike networks in OSM, so we encourage you to add them. Here is a guide to doing so. You can reach out to your local OSM, GIS, and/or academic communities for help.
Having your bike network in OpenStreetMap can have numerous benefits; maximizing the usefulness of this network analysis and getting the best possible PlacesForBikes city rating are only two.