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PeopleForBikes releases survey to identify best communities for bikes

Published February 14, 2017

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — PeopleForBikes is soliciting public opinions via a web survey to help identify bike friendly communities for its new PlacesForBikes program. The survey results will be combined with data from cities to produce the ranking.

Major support for this program is provided by founding sponsor Trek Bikes.

"The input of communities nationwide will help us create a clearer picture of the state of U.S. bike infrastructure," said Tim Blumenthal, the president of PeopleForBikes. "We'll also generate a bit of friendly competition to speed the development of more and better biking everywhere."

The city ratings will combine publicly available data, results of a new network connectivity tool being developed by PeopleForBikes, data provided by cities and opinions from locals via the web survey, which is called the PlacesForBikes Community Survey. The ratings will recognize the cities that are doing the best job of supporting bicycling for transportation and recreation as well as cities that are committed to rapid improvement of their bicycling opportunities.

In addition to soliciting community opinions, PeopleForBikes also encourages local officials to complete a "City Snapshot" designed to gather information about existing and planned bike infrastructure, events that get people out on bikes, and safety in the community.

The survey runs for eight weeks, from Feb. 14 through April 15. Results will be announced this fall. Survey participants can answer anonymously, or register with their name and email for a chance to win a Trek bike and other prizes.

The survey: peopleforbikes.org/placesforbikes/pages/city-rating-system.

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