Project Summary

City leaders have many demands on their time and resources. Evaluating their city’s bike network, and deciding where to focus precious funds, should be simple. With this in mind, Toole Design developed the Bicycle Network Analysis (BNA) tool, part of PeopleForBikes’s City Ratings program, to help cities evaluate the effectiveness of their bicycle infrastructure. Our unique algorithm-based data analysis generates a numeric score for each city based on the connectivity of their bicycling network to community destinations, and the functionality of the network for people of all ages, abilities, and confidence levels. Cities around the United States are using the BNA to track their progress as they build connected, low-stress bike networks their residents and visitors really want to use.

Expertise Applied

We needed a tool that uses data that is publicly available and globally comparable. Not only does the BNA meet those specifications, it goes above and beyond to address the needs of both researchers and potential product users.
Jennifer Boldry, PhD
Director of Research, PeopleForBikes
PeopleForBikes, a national nonprofit advocating for better bicycling conditions in communities across the US, wanted to develop an easy-to-use tool based on publicly available data that would help people understand the value of low-stress networks for bicycling.
We developed an innovative tool to measure the connectivity of a community’s low-stress bicycle network. Our methodology identifies areas of low connectivity, finds gaps in the existing network, estimates connectivity improvements for specific projects, and measures progress in building a comfortable and complete bicycle network.
PeopleForBikes made the BNA the cornerstone of it's Places for Bikes program, where it has been used to rank over 500 communities across the nation for low-stress network connectivity.

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