The alternative minimum benchmarking survey for cities was distributed to cities that did not complete any other survey in an attempt to update as much data as possible. Full or partial responses to this alternative minimum survey allowed the 2018 Benchmarking Report to provide updated data for 10 cities.
Bicycle & Pedestrian Infrastructure
1 » Please report the number of lane miles of protected bike lanes in your city (also called cycle tracks, separated bike lanes, or buffered bike lanes).
For the purpose of this question, protected bike lanes are bicycle-only lanes that are on or adjacent to the roadway, separated from motorized vehicles with a physical barrier, such as bollards, curb, raised pavement or painted buffer zone.
Lane miles are measured the total length and lane count of a protected bicycle facility. Lane miles are calculated by multiplying the centerline mileage of a bike lane by the number of lanes it has (e.g. a two-way cycletrack has two lanes).
2 » Please report the number of lane miles of unprotected bike lanes in your city.
For the purpose of this question, unprotected bike lanes are bicycle-only lanes that are on a roadway, designated with a painted stripe, next to motorized traffic lanes. They are not protected with a physical barrier or painted buffer zone.
3 » Please report the number of lane miles of public sidewalks in your city.
For the purpose of this question, public sidewalks are publicly owned paved paths within the roadway right-of- way (ROW) that are designed for pedestrian use. Usually, bicycling is not allowed*
4 » Please report the number of lane miles of paved public paths in your city.
For the purpose of this question, paved public paths are publicly owned paths outside the roadway right-of-way (ROW), open to both bicycling and walking, but closed to motorized vehicles.
City Budget for Biking & Walking
5 » Does your city have an overall bicycle and pedestrian spending target?
6 » If your bicycle and pedestrian spending target is expressed as a percentage, what is the current target as a percentage (%) of the city’s transportation budget?
7 » If your bicycle and pedestrian spending target is expressed as a dollar value, what is the current target as a dollar value?
8 » How much did your city budget for transportation programs overall in the last fiscal year?
9 » Please indicate the amount in dollars dedicated to bicycle and pedestrian programs in the last fiscal year.
10 » Please indicate the amount in dollars dedicated to other transportation programs (not including bicycle and pedestrian programs) in the last fiscal year.
11 » Please indicate the last fiscal year used to answer the two preceding questions.
12 » Expressed in Full-Time Equivalents (FTE), how many city employees and regularly hired contractors worked on bicycle and/or pedestrian issues as detailed in their job description in the last two years?
For the purpose of this question, a FTE is a person or combination of persons who works 2,000 hours over the course of a year (2,000 hours = 1 FTE). Safe Routes to School program work should be included as bicycle and pedestrian work.
City Goals & Plans
13 » Please indicate whether your city has adopted goals to do any of the following things through a publicly available document.
- Goal to increase bicycle facilities
- Goal to increase pedestrian fatalities
- Goal to increase bicycling (defined in trips, modeshare, or any other metric)
- Goal to increase walking (defined in trips, modeshare, or any other metric)
- Goal to increase physical activity (defined by any metric)
- Goal to decrease pedestrian fatalities
- Goal to decrease bicyclist fatalities
14 » Please indicate whether any of the following education activities were available in your city in the past two years.
- Youth bicycle education
- Adult bicycle education
- Youth pedestrian education
15 » Was at least one Bike to Work Day event hosted in your city in the past two years?
16 » Did your city host an open streets initiative (also known as “ciclovía,” “Sunday Streets,” or “Saturday Parkways”) in the past two years?
For the purpose of this question, an open streets initiative is a program that regularly closes one or more streets to motorized traffic and encourages pedestrian and bicyclist use of the street(s). Please do not include one-time events such as marathons, bike races, or festivals. Yes/No
17 » Does your city currently have one or more public bike share program(s)?
For the purpose of this question, a public bike share program is a publicly or privately funded program that allows members of the general public to rent a bicycle that is allowed to be parked on public property or use such a bicycle through a membership in the program.
- Yes, my city has a public bike share program
- Yes, my city has more than one public bike share program
- No, my city does not have any public bike share program as described for this question
18 » How many bicycles are available to be rented by the public in your city at any given time?
For the purpose of this question, if your city has multiple public bike share programs then the total of all programs should be reported.