Boston earned a spot on the list of the top 10 most bikeable cities in the U.S., according to Bike Score rankings by Redfin.
A bike score is a tool used by Redfin company Walk Score that rates locations based on several factors such as access to bike lanes, road connectivity and hilliness.
Boston is currently ranked seventh with a bike score of 69.0. The city still remains one of the most bikeable even after a loss of 1.4 points since 2015. Since bike scores no longer count unmarked road shoulders as bike lanes, many cities such as Boston lost points. The decision to omit unmarked roads and shoulders from the rankings was made because bikers are at elevated risk of interfering with traffic in these areas.
“Among the biggest improvements made to Bike Score was adding OpenStreetMap infrastructure data, enabling us to identify bike paths, bike lanes and sharrows in thousands more cities and neighborhoods across the United States,” said Matt Lerner, Walk Score co-founder and Redfin’s senior vice president of product and design. “OpenStreetMap data is fueled by a community of people who know the roads and paths better than anyone, which makes this update the most accurate measure of bikeability that we have ever created.”