In the category of small Midwest cities in the U.S. for biking., Sun Prairie earned its ranking at #11. Overall, Sun Prairie ranked 58th in the general small U.S. cities category, just ahead of Marshfield and Hayward, and Lake Geneva in the survey.
The PeopleForBikes City Ratings is a data-driven approach to evaluate and compare bicycling in U.S. cities and towns. From there, they help city leaders assess improvements to make biking better for everyone. The Bicycle Network Analysis (BNA) is a data analysis tool that measures the quality and connectivity of a city’s bicycle lanes. A bicycle network is defined as the system of paths, trails and streets that someone riding a bike can use to access everyday destinations such as:
- Neighborhoods — access to parts of the city where residents live.
- Opportunity — access to jobs and schools.
- Essential Services — access to places that serve basic needs, like hospitals and grocery stores.
- Recreation — access to recreational amenities like parks and trails.
- Retail — access to major shopping centers.
- Transit— access to major transit stations.
This year’s ratings were based on two factors: the quality of the bicycle network in a region (Network Score) and community perceptions of bicycling (Community Score). The first is sourced from the PeopleForBikes Bicycle Network Analysis, the second from online surveys submitted by local residents and community advocates about bicycling in their city. Sun Prairie’s rating was 58, its network score was 58 and its community score was 56.
PeopleForBikes released its 2021 City Ratings, expanding internationally for the first time to include 30 European, 42 Canadian and 35 Australian cities. In its fourth annual iteration, the data-driven City Ratings analysis evaluated more than 750 cities and communities across the globe to spotlight the best cities and towns for bicycling, as well as provide city leaders clear steps for improving biking in the community.
To learn more about Sun Prairie's rankings and action steps for improvement, click here.