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.