You’ve heard of Walk Score, which assigns a ranking of 0 to 100 to homes and apartments based on how close they are to schools, transit, restaurants and more. Now, the folks behind that Seattle startup are rolling out the much-anticipated companion to that service: Bike Score.

Like the name suggests, Bike Score rates the bikeability of cities based on factors such as bike lanes, hilliness, road connectivity, nearby amenities, and the percent of people in that area who bike to work.

Bike sign in Seattle. Photo via Robert Ashworth

“For this release, we’re showing bikeability maps of cities and the overall city score but didn’t add the functionality yet to look up individual address scores,” said Walk Score’s Matt Lerner. The new Bike Score functionality is available in 10 cities in the U.S. and 10 in Canada. As part of the new offering, Bike Score has rated each of those cities. Those with scores of 70 or higher are considered “very bikeable,” while scores of 50 to 69 are “bikeable.”

The new service comes four months after Walk Score raised $2 million from a group of Seattle angels that included former CTO Shel Kaphan, former Facebook general counsel Rudy Gadre, entrepreneur Edward Yim and others.

Here’s a look at the top 10 cities for biking in the U.S.

1. Minneapolis (Bike Score: 79)

2. Portland (Bike Score: 70)

3. San Francisco (Bike Score: 70)

4. Boston (Bike Score: 68)

5. Madison (Bike Score: 67)

6. Washington, D.C. (Bike Score: 65)

7. Seattle (Bike Score: 64)

8. Tucson (Bike Score: 64)

9. New York (Bike Score: 62)

10. Chicago (Bike Score: 62)


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  • Ali Alami

    This is great, would love to see Run Score next.

  • Guest

    Congratulations to Walkscore on the launch and to Seattle for making the top 10!

  • raghuhavaldar

    The makers of Walk Score have released Bike Score.  Demonstrates we can take the simple notion of a score that reflects a whole lot about the city or neighborhood you live in.
    Yes, it is not perfect,  but it is not intended to be. It is intended to be directional, give people a pause and make us think about where we live, what we do, and where our priorities should be.
    I am all for taking data and turning it into something insightful and meaningful. And, am proud that we have a Seattle startup leading a charge by doing their bit. Kudos!

  • Mark

    Up next: Drink Score!

  • Mark

    You gotta be kidding me.  If Boston’s #4 then I question the list altogether or wonder if americans have just come to expect less.  I live 1/2 time in Munich and there’s NO comparison.  It’s just a shame really – no wonder no american cities other than Honolulu ever make any of the 100 best livable cities in the world.  Certainly something to shoot for though – hopefully we’ll start asking more from our municipalities!

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