biking in portland Regular BuzzBuzzHome Blog readers will know we’ve always been big Walk Score enthusiasts.

For those not in the know, Walk Score assigns a walkability score to any address in several countries (Canada, the US etc…) and employs a map feature to display all the desirable nearby amenities.

Neat, right? Not too long ago Walk Score introduced a “Transit Score” feature that tracked transit accessibility in 25 American cities. Now, those same forward thinking folks are rolling out another sweet feature. “Bike Score” will assign a score based on how bike friendly a city is.

Here’s a quote from Walk Score about this valuable new addition to their site:

“Bike Score provides a 0-100 rating of the bikeability of a location based on the availability of bike infrastructure (lanes and trails), the hilliness of the area, amenities and road connectivity, and the number of bike commuters. The Bike Score for a city is then calculated by applying the Bike Score algorithm block-by-block throughout the city and weighting the scores by population density. Cities with scores of 70 or higher are considered to be very bikeable, cities with scores between 50 and 69 are bikeable, and cities with scores below 50 are somewhat bikeable.”

The new feature was developed with grant support and collaboration from the Canadian Institute of Health Research.

So far the feature only rates 10 cities in the United States. Minneapolis (79), Portland (70) and San Fransisco (70) are the top three most bike friendly cities on the list.

Can’t wait to see how Canadian cities fare. We’re guessing Toronto won’t be making the top three…

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