Researchers at the University of B.C. have developed a Bikeability Index, featured in the Vancouver Sun, which rates how bike-friendly cities include factors such as: bicycle route density, bicycle route separation, connectivity of bicycle-friendly streets, topography, and destination density. Sponsored by the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the study shows in colour-coded maps that in the Metro Vancouver region, Vancouver makes it to the top of the list.
The developers of the tool believe that "it will highlight the environmental factors important to cyclists, and can be used by municipal and transportation planners to optimally locate bicycling infrastructure in areas that are currently underserved." Cycling in Cities says that the aim is to create a Bikeability Index for each of the ten large cities in Canada and draw up a "bikeability map".