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Give us better data

Three of our data sources have a strong local connection. Your city can maximize its rating (or get scored for the first time) by making sure the data is complete and up to date. Providing data automatically improves your score, even if your community has just begun to build.

  • Take and share the Community Survey
    Is biking safe, convenient, and pleasant in your community? Your opinion matters, regardless of how, where, and how often you ride. Share the community survey widely to help us collect information about biking in your city. We’re looking for at least 50 responses from every U.S. city and town. Find out when the next Community Survey is active here.
  • Update OpenStreetMap
    The Bicycle Network Analysis uses an open-source mapping tool called OpenStreetMap (OSM( to gather data about your city’s transportation network. The BNA is more accurate when the bike infrastructure, local destinations and speed limits are up-to-date and accurate in OpenStreetMap. Since updating this information requires technical mapping skills, seek out assistance from your local academic community, city employees working with GIS-mapping applications or your local OSM chapter. Instructions for updating OSM data can be found here.
  • Complete the annual City Snapshot
    The City Snapshot provides a yearly picture of your city’s plans to make bicycling better. In most cases, this information is kept by city officials, and is not available from a public data source. Improvements to bike infrastructure, numbers of people participating in bike events, and the number of injuries and crashes play an important role in several of the scoring categories. The City Snapshot must be completed by a city employee or official. Instructions and a timetable for submission can be found here.

Help your community build better places to ride

  1. Support local bike projects and ask your local, state, and federal representatives to do the same. Use our local engagement portal to tap into local advocates eager to support bike projects in your community.
  2. Follow the PlacesForBikes blog by email or social media to get the latest on how to build better biking.
  3. Join PeopleForBikes and become part of the movement to make riding better for everyone.
  4. Attend the annual PlacesForBikes conference to meet and learn from community leaders, advocates, bike business leaders, and elected officials from across the U.S.

Complete the Annual City Snapshot

The City Snapshot provides a yearly picture of your city’s plans to make bicycling better. In most cases, this information is kept by city officials, and is not available from a public data source. Improvements to bike infrastructure, numbers of people participating in bike events, and the number of injuries and crashes play an important role in several of the scoring categories. The City Snapshot must be completed by a city employee or official. Find instructions and timetable when the next window for submission will occur on the PlacesForBikes City Ratings page.