Much to the chagrin of the automobile-loving bridge and tunnel crowd, urban planning continues to make the shift to combat urban sprawl by offering more and more viable bicycle and pedestrian-oriented developments.
BikeScore (from the creators of the pedestrian-oriented ‘WalkScore’) helps to give people an idea of the cycling accessibility of their neighborhood to help ease dependence on driving. The site ranks cities on a scale of 1-100 (100 being a ‘Bikers Paradise’) in 4 categories (availability of bike lanes, hilliness, number of destinations, and number of commuters), with a heat map showing the most bikeable areas in green.
No surprise at all that Victoria and Vancouver top the list of major Canadian cities, thanks to the upgrades in biking infrastructure and the recent proliferation of biking culture in B.C. (I’m looking at you, hipsters):
- Victoria 74
- Vancouver 73
- Montreal 69
- Saskatoon 66
- Calgary 62
- Halifax 62
- Toronto 60 (thanks, Rob Ford!)
- Charlottetown 41
- Moncton 35
- St Johns 21
Bike Score was developed in collaboration with Professor Meghan Winters at Simon Fraser University, and Professor Michael Brauer and Professor Kay Teschke at the University of British Columbia under a grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
For more information, visit http://www.walkscore.com/
Image: Vancouver cycle chic