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Go for a ride and use this checklist 
to rate your neighborhood's bikeability.

How bikeable is your community?

Location of bike ride (be specific):

Rating Scale:

1. Did you have a place to bicycle safely?

a) On the road, sharing whte road with motor vehicles?

b) On an off-road path or trail, where motor vehicles were not allowed?

Overall "Safe Place To Ride" Rating: 
Rate from 1 through 6 (using rating scale at top of page)

2. How was the surface that you rode on?

Overall Surface Rating: 
Rate from 1 through 6 (using rating scale at top of page)

3. How were the intersections you rode through?

Overall Intersection Rating: 
Rate from 1 through 6 (using rating scale at top of page)

4. Did drivers behave well?

Overall Driver Rating: 
Rate from 1 through 6 (using rating scale at top of page)

5. Was is easy for you to use your bike?

Overall Ease of Use Rating: 
Rate from 1 through 6 (using rating scale at top of page)

6. What did you do to make your ride safer?

Your behavior contributes to the bikeability of your community. Check all that apply: 

7. Tell us a little about yourself.

In good weather months, about how many days a month do you ride your bike? 

Which of these phrases best describes you? 

How does your community rate?
Add up your ratings and decide.

Total your ratings of Questions 1 through 5 (Questions 6 and 7 do not contribute to your community's score) and see where your community rates.

  • 26-30
    Celebrate! You live in a bicycle-friendly community. 
  • 21-25
    Your community is pretty good, but thereís always room for improvement. 
  • 16-20
    Conditions for riding are okay, but not ideal. Plenty of opportunity for improvements. 
  • 11-15
    Conditions are poor and you deserve better than this! Call the mayor and the newspaper right away. 
  • 5-10
    Oh dear. Consider wearing body armor and Christmas tree lights before venturing out again.

Did you find something that needs to be changed?

On the next page, youíll find suggestions for improving the bikeability of your community based on the problems you identified. Take a look at both the short- and long-term solutions and commit to seeing at least one of each through to the end. If you donít, then who will? 

During your bike ride, how did you feel physically? Could you go as far or as fast as you wanted to? Were you short of breath, tired, or were your muscles sore? The next page also has some suggestions to improve the enjoyment of your ride. 

Bicycling, whether for transportation or recreation, is a great way to get 30 minutes of physical activity into your day. Riding, just like any other activity, should be something you enjoy doing. The more you enjoy it, the more likely youíll stick with it. Choose routes that match your skill level and physical activities. If a route is too long or hilly, find a new one. Start slowly and work up to your potential.


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