[Data Update] Enhancing Location Insights: Expanded Coverage for Cycling and Transit Scores

In today’s rapidly evolving real estate landscape, understanding neighborhood dynamics goes beyond traditional metrics. With increasing demand for alternative transportation modes and sustainable living options, factors like cycling infrastructure and transit accessibility play a pivotal role in shaping housing preferences.

Local Logic’s Cycling and Transit Scores provide invaluable insights into these crucial aspects, enabling homeseekers and real estate professionals to make informed decisions aligned with evolving mobility trends and lifestyle preferences. This is why we’re thrilled to announce the expansion of our Cycling and Transit Scores coverage across the United States and Canada!

✨ Data updates include

  • Near-universal coverage and revised calculation method for Cycling Score
  • Expanded coverage for Transit Score through a partnership with Transit

Near-Universal Cycling Score Coverage

We’ve expanded our coverage and recalculated our Cycling scores!

Our recent update to Cycling Scores represents a leap forward in accuracy — with coverage being near 100%. Previously limited to core urban centers in Canada, our Cycling Scores now span the entire US and Canada with updated cycling infrastructure data. The expansion was not just about widening the reach but also about refining the methodology for better precision.

🚲 Key updates include:

  • Vast Coverage Increase: Our Cycling Scores have 99.99% street-segment coverage in the US and 100% in Canada, offering unparalleled granularity.
  • Data Sources Augmentation: We’ve integrated diverse datasets, including cycling infrastructure (bike lanes and paths) from Open Street Maps, bike-share data (both docked and dockless), the latest cycling-commuter data from the Canadian census and US American Community Survey, and elevation data from government sources.
  • Algorithm Refinements: Our algorithm underwent meticulous adjustments to enhance accuracy. Notable improvements include a more nuanced consideration of cycling infrastructure quality, revised treatment of highways, and a balanced weighting of variables (e.g. bike-sharing and cycling commuters) for fair assessment.

Below is an example of the coverage update for the NYC metro area. In addition to updating existing scores, the availability of scores in suburbs and on the periphery of the metro area has improved over the years:

A map of New York City showing the evolution of Local Logic's Cycling Score coverage for the area throughout the years as it expanded
e.g. How the Cycling Score evolved in New York City through the years

Updated Transit Scores

We’ve expanded our public transportation scores thanks to our partner Transit!

Transit is a leading transportation app that simplifies urban travel for millions of users worldwide. Leveraging real-time data and user-friendly interfaces, Transit provides accurate and up-to-date information on public transportation options, including schedules, routes, and arrival times.

With a commitment to enhancing the urban mobility experience, our partnership with Transit reinforces the reliability and accuracy of our Transit Scores, ensuring users have access to the most comprehensive and trustworthy transit information available. 

Leveraging Transit’s continuously updated transit stop and schedule data, we’ve significantly expanded coverage across the US and Canada.

🚍 Highlights of Transit Score expansion:

  • Increased Coverage: Our Transit Scores now offer broader coverage for all street segments, in both rural and non-rural areas, encompassing more regions and enhancing usability.
  • Continuous Data Updates: With Transit’s dynamic data input, our Transit Scores benefit from real-time updates and ongoing expansion of covered regions, ensuring users access the most up-to-date and comprehensive transit information available.

What does this mean for homeseekers and real estate professionals?

The data updates will affect the location-based Cycling and Transit Scores across the US and Canada in Local Content and NeighborhoodIntel reports, translating to enriched insights for users. Whether exploring cycling-friendly neighborhoods or assessing transit accessibility, our extensive coverage ensures users have access to the most reliable and comprehensive data, empowering them to make informed decisions tailored to their preferences and priorities.

Our newly expanded coverage of Cycling and Transit Scores marks a significant milestone in our journey to provide superior location intelligence solutions. We remain committed to advancing our data quality and availability to better serve homeseekers and real estate professionals and drive smarter decision-making.

Stay tuned for more updates as we continue to innovate and elevate location intelligence standards at Local Logic!

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Thao Tram Ngo

May 14, 2024 | 4 minutes read