|1.5 out of 5 stars for Salem|
- 1.7 on ridership - how often and how many people ride
- 2.1 on safety
- 1.4 on the bike network of low-stress routes (not old-school bike lanes on busy streets)
- 1.8 on reach - how consistently the network reaches everyone in the community
- 0.5 on acceleration - how quickly we are improving the network and adding new riders
About their method Places for Bikes says:
No system could perfectly capture every aspect of making a place great for biking. But ours combines a lot:By rank, Portland scores highly at the top of the big cities list, but in absolute scoring, it still has a ways to go. Though ridership is better in Eugene, Salem outscores Eugene on reach, 1.8 to 1.7, though that's probably well within any margin of error, is the same on safety, and barely behind on acceleration, also probably in the margin of error. This is consistent with the sense that Eugene still has too much of a vintage network from the 1970s and 80s, and has work to do to bring it up to 21st century best practices. It is also consistent with the recent Eugene Weekly assessment.
- Street-level data from Open Street Map on infrastructure, traffic speed limits, where people live, whether the low-stress bike network actually links them to destinations and how equitably infrastructure is available to disadvantaged groups (31%)
- Local and federal data on the overall traffic injury rates, both for people biking and people using any mode (16%)
- The scale and variety of investment in bike infrastructure and events reported by local officials for the PlacesForBikes City Snapshot (16%)
- The PlacesForBikes Community Survey, which asked 39,076 people (with certain minimum figures per city rated) about their riding habits and perceptions of safety and progress (16%)
- Census American Community Survey data on the local percentage and gender split of bike commuters compared to car commuters (13%) An assessment of a community’s propensity to bike for fun, from Sports Marketing Surveys (8%)
|Eugene had 1.9 stars and Portland 3.3 stars|
At the Budget Committee last week, three people submitted comment requesting investment in the Winter-Maple Greenway. Working on this would definitely help with acceleration! But we still badly lack in network connectivity and reach. The Winter-Maple route is just one corridor.
Even if there are details on which to quibble, the Places for Bikes rating is an even-handed scoring that's comparing hundreds of cities. And by that standard, we've got a ways to go.
(For previous notes on rankings see here.)