Twenty questions to light the way to improving cycling in your city.
This is the first revision of the initial listing of questions and criteria for the proposed first runs of the Citizens Cycling Audit, as initially published as a feature article in World Streets on 27 August at http://wp.me/psKUY-3HQ . As you will note as a result of additional inputs and suggestions from helpful colleagues, there are now a bit more than twenty questions. Not a problem and we can sort this out once we feel comfortable that we are moving in the right direction.
The first dozen questions strike us as particularly important — if one has reliable information on them, this is already a long way toward the goal of having a fine in-depth appreciation of cycling conditions in the city. It will be good if we might now concentrate our fire on them to begin with, and then turn to the others to see if they should be promoted, maintained or eliminated. It also might happen that additional questions may be added in this preparatory phase, but it will be good not to let all this get too complicated. (And in the event often one well-phrased criterion can do the work of two or more.)
Finally, if we propose for now to use a rather simple 0-4 rating system for each criterion, it is already clear that a bit of judicious weighting will be in order. The first will be to give appropriate weight to the each city’s judged performance in each of these criteria, both within them internally and between them. But we can for now leave this to another day once we have run the first pilot exercise.
START HERE: Citizen Cycling Audit (Revision 2.2)
These first twelve issue areas if properly assessed will already give an excellent idea of the state of cycling in the city. Let’s start with them.